Obituary: Nancy Shoemaker, 76, Morton

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

Nancy L. Shoemaker, 76, of Morton died at 3 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at her home.

Born Jan. 25, 1938, in Kewanee to Dr. Kenneth E. and Doris E. (Appell) Powell, she married Clifford L. Shoemaker on June 28, 1958, in Galva. He survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Bruce (Carolyn) Shoemaker of Scappoose, Ore., Michael (Stacey) Shoemaker of Morton, David (Karen) Shoemaker of Peoria and Douglas (Michelle) Shoemaker of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren; and one brother, Kenneth E. (Wanda) Powell of Canaan, N.H.

She lived her early childhood in Sheridan, Wyo., and then the family moved to Santa Monica, Calif., where she attended University High School and graduated in 1956.

She attended Howell Dental Institute and graduated with a dental assistant certification. She also attended Santa Monica City College.

She moved to Peoria in July of 1957 and worked with Dr. White, Orthodontist, as a dental assistant. She then worked as a clothes/apparel model with Block and Kuhl, Carson Pirie Scott and Bergner’s. She also worked at Miss Goody Two Shoes for many years.

 She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and was a longtime member of the Methodist Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, both in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded. A memorial service for the life of Nancy will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1700 W. War Memorial Drive, Peoria. The Rev. David Hofer and the Rev. Elise Rothfusz will officiate.

 Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is assisting the family with arrangements.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare, OSF Home Care/Hospice or Salem Lutheran Church, all in Peoria.

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