1943 - 2016

R. Delores Knowles, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born April 6, 1943, in Peoria to John Harold and Betty Jane Little Black Sr.

Surviving are one son, Stephan Alan (Stella) Lee of Calhan, Colo.; one daughter, Kristal Lynn (Tim) Johnson of Pekin; one grandson, Sean A. Johnson of Dunlap; four step-grandchildren, Shawn Bloom, Scott Bloom, Stacy Bloom and Katheryn Johnson; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Dr. Bill G. (Beth) Edwards of Germany; one sister, Margie D. (Kameron) Carver of Pekin; and several nieces and nephews. Delores also had a granddog named Prudence that she loved very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Elaine Spicer and Nicki Hornback.

Delores worked for the Greenhouse Flower Shoppe in Pekin, from 1979 until retiring in 1998, as a floral designer and manager. Along with her passion for floral designing, Delores loved making crafts and playing games on her iPad, especially Angry Birds.

Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. James C. McClarey will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Private inurnment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Tremont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 or to the The Center for Prevention of Abuse to benefit the Carol House of Hope, P.O. Box 3855, Peoria, IL 61612-3855.

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