Betty R. Wheatley
January 9, 1929 – November 22, 2021
PEKIN ~ Betty Ruth Wheatley, 92, of Pekin, passed away at 9:28 a.m. Monday, November 22, 2021 at Hallmark Healthcare of Pekin.
Born January 9, 1929 in Parrish to Richard and Vennie (Harrelson) Cantrell, she married Claude H. Wheatley on December 17, 1946 in West Frankfort. He died August 25, 2015 in Canton. She also was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Brandy Wheatley; two brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are one son, Gary Wheatley of Pekin; one daughter, Nancy Wheatley of Pekin; three grandchildren, Joshua Wheatley of Oregon, Karl Wheatley of Pekin and Shena (Mark Roskamp) Meskimen of Manito; four great-grandchildren, Kylie (Carson Dean) Reagan, Jaiton Bolen, Jaxton Bolen, all of Manito and Kora Wheatley of Creve Coeur and one great-great-grandson, Bryson Embry. She also leaves her companion, Ernie Hoff of Havana, whom she enjoyed riding in parades with in his antique Model T Ford.
Betty worked as a caregiver in home health, last working with Community Care and retiring at age 83.
She loved spending time with family, especially her grandkids and attending their sporting events. She also enjoyed taking trips to Las Vegas and listening to her favorite musician, Elton John.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 29, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
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