Cynthia Kay Shivers

October 29, 1950February 6, 2021

PEKIN ~ Cynthia Kay “Cindy” Shivers, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 7:03 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the University of Chicago Hospital.

Born October 29, 1950 in Springfield to Fred and Shirley Jean (Clemons) Eggers, she married Herbert Wayne “Herb” Shivers, II on December 7, 1968 in Springfield. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Shirley Dillon of Pekin; two daughters, Laura (David) Toel and Jennifer (Ryan) Marlatt, both of Pekin; seven grandchildren, Zachary (Rachael) Toel of Spring Lake, Michigan, Nicholas (Taylor) Toel, Kara Toel, Jack Marlatt, Dillon Marlatt, Luke Marlatt and Mackenzie Marlatt, all of Pekin; four great-grandchildren, Loudin Toel, Adilyn Toel, Evey Toel and Declan Toel; two stepsisters, Chris (Ellen) Dillon of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Debbie (John) Trotter of Mount Vernon and one stepbrother, Jim (Barb) Dillon of Jacksonville.

She was preceded in death by her father; her stepfather, John Dillon and a stepsister, Mary Dillon.

A Pekin resident since 1978, Cindy was devoted to her family and especially enjoyed watching her grandkids and going to their activities. She loved camping, gardening and shopping too. Cindy was a talker.

Cindy retired from Tazewell Mason County Special Education Association in 2007, where she worked as a paraprofessional at Schramm School. She previously had worked for Twin Oaks.

Memorial services celebrating her life will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor John Vaughn will officiate. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 at the funeral home. Cremation has been accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851.

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Debbie & Scott H.

February 15, 2021

Prayers and condolences, may the God of all comfort encourage and support you during this time of great loss.

Barbara Angle

February 13, 2021

I will dearly miss talking to Cindy. I started helping Cindy through my job at Heartland Benefits and soon became friends ,meeting for lunch shortly after our first conversation. She always talked about Herb, her children and grandchildren. Cindy was so always upbeat, never complained and seemed happy all the time. I always felt like I could talk to her about anything. I will miss you my friend. Prayers to her family.

Holly Irving

February 13, 2021

Herb, Laura, Jennifer & family Our deepest sympathy in your loss.
Cindy was a lot of fun & I remember her as having the cleanest house when you all lived at the farm on VFW Rd, she had a ton of energy. Rest in Peace Cindy
Holly & Wilbur Irving

Zach Toel

February 11, 2021

Grandma loved her family so much! She was always there for us no matter what silly thing we did to make her angry she would always forgive us. (There were a lot of silly things!) When ever she could be at a sporting event she would be there taking pictures and supporting us. She was there for a lot of firsts and made sure to give advice to everyone even the doctors delivering her first great grandchild. You could call her and know she was going to talk to you no matter what the topic was. Grandma and Grandpa also showed their family what unconditional love was by making a marriage work for over 50 years! I am proud I got to have her as my grandmother and I will miss her dearly but I know someday we will meet again in a better place. I love you Grandma!

Kelly Hanna

February 10, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. She always lit up any room she was in!

Mary Heckler

February 10, 2021

Cindy was one of my first friends when I moved to Springfield in 1963. She was funny, smart and honest. You always knew where you stood with her. I remember when she and Herb started was a love at 1st sight, one that lasted over 50 years. I'm so glad we reconnected at our 50th reunion...she had not changed. You were one of a kind my friend....never to be forgotten.

Gary Bitner

February 10, 2021

Dear Jennifer and family,Sorry to hear about mothers passing.I can still see her laughing as i lay on the ground in that nice lawn chair next to the bon fire.I hope god takes care of you and you´re family during this hard time.RIP gary bitner

Karri Hasty

February 10, 2021

Such a spunky, upbeat lady with an infectious laugh and booming personality! She always had advice to give and had a caring heart! She loved her family dearly! Sweet memories of her will live on forever in my heart. Heaven gained a true gem!

Misty Springer

February 9, 2021

Praying for entire family. Cindy had an unforgettable laugh
Wishing you all fond memories.

Cynthia Shivers

February 9, 2021

To a wonderful classmate.
Deepest sympathy from class of 68.