1934 - 2017
Thelma L. Johnson, 83, of Green Valley, passed away at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Pekin.
Born Jan. 4, 1934, in Lowpoint to Cleo A. and Laura Grebner Buchanan, she married Kevin Johnson May 28, 1955, in Washburn. He survives.
Also surviving are five children, Terrence Johnson of Littleton, Colo., Charles (Donna) Johnson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Patricia Schmillen of East Peoria, Mary (Steve) LeGrand of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and David (Kathy) Johnson of Springfield; nine grandchildren, James Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Rachel Schmillen, Rose Schmillen, Sara (Alex) Pillischafske, Brianna LeGrand, Adam LeGrand and Chleo LeGrand, and Karra (James) Booher; one sister, Helen Clark of Lowpoint; and one brother, Marion (Suzanne) Buchanan of Morton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Kenneth Buchanan, Gerald Buchanan, Bob Buchanan and Lawrence Buchanan; and one sister, Rita Buchanan.
She was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin and the Council of Catholic Women, where she had served as president. She was a life member of the Pekin Hospital Auxiliary and had volunteered since March of 1976. She was honored in May of 2016 for more than 10,000 lifetime hours of service. She had served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, was a 4-H leader for many years, and was a long-time member the Hoe and Hope Garden Club. She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan!
Thelma was an artisan, doing projects over the years in woodworking, painting, sewing, quilting, carving and stained glass. She created many priceless treasures for her family and often donated her work to charitable causes. She will be missed dearly by family and community alike. She designed the original Pekin Marigold Festival logo.
Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, with Father Michael Andrejek as the celebrant.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with recitation of the rosary at 12:30 p.m. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral Mass and inurnment will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Hospital Foundation, 600 S. 13th St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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