Sunday, Jan. 13 5:18 p.m.

METAMORA — Joanna M. Lester, 86, of Metamora died at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Aug. 25, 1926, in Astoria to Harold and Roxie (Trimmer) Sales, she married Hershel P. Lester on Feb. 8, 1944, in Chicago. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dennis (Shelly) Lester of Elmwood and Lon R. (Dawn) Lester of Williamsfield; three daughters, Claudia (David) Hughes of Washington, Rebecca (Stephen) Audrain of Reno, Nev., and Gail Reynolds of Peoria; three brothers, Harold (Roliene) Sales of Eureka, Van Sales of Peoria and Roger (Nancy) Sales of Eureka; one sister, Barbara Bennett of Bartonville; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Steve; and one sister, Joyce.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Baptist Church in Edwards. The Rev. Joel Smith will be officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 7422 N. Heinz Lane, Edwards, IL 61528.

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