Gloria A. (Lyons) Southey

June 19, 1931November 6, 2018

Gloria A. (Lyons) Southey, 87, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe. She was born on June 19, 1931 in Peoria, Illinois to James and Juanita (Powley) Lyons. She married Roland L. Southey on April 4, 1964 in Peoria. He passed away on November 7, 2018 in Chillicothe, Illinois. She is also preceded in death by one son, Raymond Holmes; one grandson, Brad McFall; five brothers and three sisters. She is survived by four children, Becky (Randy) Holmes-Gray of Memphis, Tennessee, Ronnie Southey of East Peoria, Illinois, Holly Southey of Peoria Heights, Illinois and Melissa (Curt) Hofmann of Varna, Illinois; ten grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. She attended Charter Oak Bible Church in Peoria. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday, November 12, 2018 at the Charter Oak Bible Church. The Rev. Roger Larson will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior services on Monday at the church. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Southside Mission or to the Charter Oak Bible Church. You may create an online condolence at


  • James Lyons, Father
  • Juanita (Powley) Lyons, Mother
  • Roland L. Southey, Husband
  • Becky (Randy) Holmes-Gray, Daughter
  • Ronnie Southey, Son
  • Holly Southey, Daughter
  • Melissa (Curt) Hofmann, Daughter
  • Raymond Holmes, Son
  • ~ Ten Grandchildren
  • ~ Thirteen Great Grandchildren
  • ~ One Great Great Grandson
  • Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Raymond Holmes; one grandson, Brad McFall; five brothers and three sisters.

  • Southside Mission or Charter Oak Bible Church


  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018

Gloria A. (Lyons) Southey

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Becky Gray

December 7, 2018

My mother was with me many years, which I am so grateful to God. She was always there to support her loved ones. One time I was upset with my youngest he was about 22 and was having problems. I felt kind of angry, because he was loosing his apartment. My mom spoke up and said, it's so hard for the young one's. That was all I needed to hear. She always would give a heart felt answer, and also had compassion for anyone down on their luck. I miss her bunches. When I was about 10, she would always send a plate of food over to our next door neighbor, Mr Cook. There was always someone to care for. No matter their circumstances, whether self-inflicted, my mom would always provide a place in her heart for them. She would take something the Grandkids said and if it was about her, she could laugh at herself. Rest in Peace, Mom your job here on earth is done. Love, Becky Holmes-Gray

Jackie Quinn(Holmes)

November 8, 2018

Gloria was my rock alot when I was her daughter -in law marrying Ray Holmes. We didn't all have a lot of money but with Gloria you always had food and a soft place to be. I couldn't ask for better but sorry I didn't have them anymore after Ray n I went separate ways,so take time out for others please. Love you sweet Lady. I'll always see that smile and you saying it,ll be ok. RIP Jackie