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PEKIN – Peggy Marie King, 87, of Pekin, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 at her home.

Born August 1, 1930 in Pekin to Walter A. and Bessie M. (Johnson) Schaefer, she married James E. King on May 6, 1955 in Peoria. He died August 1, 2002 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents; four sisters and three brothers.

Surviving are two daughters, Julie Hamm and Jennifer King, both of Pekin; two sons, Jim King of Spring Bay and John King of Pekin; six grandchildren, Christopher (Heather) King, Bryce King and Devin King, Donny (Sarah) Schorr, Vanessa Schorr and William Hamm; two great-grandchildren, Sierra King and Oliver Gillespie; one sister, Mary Kay Coon of Pekin and her grand dog, Mr. Pickles.

Peggy graduated from Havana High School in 1948. She had worked at Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria in the engineering department in the 1950’s. She later was a crossing guard at “King’s Corner” for Lincoln School from 1968 to 1978. From 1978 until her retirement in 2007, Peggy worked at Pekin Community High School in the Dragon’s Den and as Student Supervisor.

She was a former recipient of the Illinois American Legion Woman of the Year and was a past Sergeant of Arms and current member of William Schaefer American Legion Post #44 Ladies Auxiliary in Pekin, which was named after her uncle. She also was a former member of the Pekin Women of the Moose Chapter 673 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1869. Peggy was an original “Pink Lady” at Pekin Hospital, volunteering from 1966 to 2000.

An avid fan of the Pekin Dragons, St Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals and her favorite player, Yadier Molina. Peggy loved to read and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren, even if it meant sitting in the cold at an ISU football game watching her grandson play in the band.

Peggy was a former member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Harbor Light Hospice, the Physical Therapist at Morton Terrace and the staff at UnityPoint Health-Pekin E.R. and 4 North Floor.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Carole Hoke will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Legion, 718 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554 or Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 612 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com