1939 - 2016

Lois Levon Babb, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at ManorCare at Riverview in East Peoria.

Born April 6, 1939, in Booneville, Ark., to Floyd Ezra and Georgia Ivelue (Brown) Best. She married Burley Robbins June 29, 1957, in Leechville, Ark. He died May 13, 1973, in Pekin. She later married Henry D. Babb Aug. 31, 1973, in Pekin. He died May 26, 1995, in Manito.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Tena Robbins on March 29, 1978; one son, Bobbie Robbins on Jan. 4, 1962; and one brother, Floyd Best.

Surviving are two sons, Bill D. Robbins and Rick L. Robbins, both of Pekin; one stepson, Carl C. (Karen) Babb of Green Valley; one stepdaughter, Renee J. Conklin of Marquette Heights; 11 grandchildren, Kayte (Derek) Gunter, Serra Robbins, Garret Robbins, Camryn Robbins, Kendra Garber, Kegan (Shelby) Garber, Kara Murray, Kyle Babb, Montana Conklin and Nicholas Conklin; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Ola M. (Robert) Textor of Lamar, Mo.; and one brother, Donald R. (Lorraine) Best of the state of Washington.

Lois had worked as a cook and dishwasher in the schools in Manito and also worked in the deli at Oney’s in Manito.

She enjoyed crocheting, working in her yard and flower gardens and watching hummingbirds. Lois’ greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Lois was a former member of Zion Baptist Church in Pekin and attended North Pekin Church of the Nazarene.

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4507 N. Sterling Ave. 210, Peoria, IL 61615.

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