OBITUARY

Joan Lucille Swearingen

June 28, 1939July 24, 2021
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PEKIN ~ Joan Lucille Swearingen, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 2:35 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born June 28, 1939 in Pekin to Fred and Lucille (Long) Rutledge, she married Albert Dale Swearingen on June 6, 1958 in Pekin. He passed away on May 17, 2004. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Surviving are one son; Dale (Billie) Swearingen of Mapleton; two grandchildren, Eric (Liz) Swearingen of East Peoria and Heidi Phipps of Forest City; four great-grandchildren, Eleanora and Elowen Swearingen of East Peoria, Antony (Kaylee Hardwick) Kemper of Pekin and Jaxon Palmer of Forest City and one great-great-granddaughter, Luna Mae Kemper of Pekin.

A homemaker, Joan was a seamstress and enjoyed, cooking, doing arts and crafts and playing cards with her friends. She also loved her family fishing trips to Wisconsin and her beloved family pets. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, friends, and church groups. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family.

Joan was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Pekin, where she taught Sunday School and Kings Kids Vacation Bible School for many years. She also served as the treasurer at the church.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Randy Justus will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Forest City.

Memorial contributions may be given to Grace Baptist Church, 1301 South 14th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 30, 2021

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Sonia Jones

July 24, 2021

I'm so glad that God blessed me by bringing u into my life I love u and will miss u so much .you were such an inspiration to so many people .I will always remember your beautiful smile thank u for your kindness and love you shown me prayers for your family .I know your in Heaven rejoicing .until we meet again my sweet friend .love u so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️love sonia and kenny Jones

Ed & Aimee Tarpley

July 24, 2021

Dale,Billie(little sister), Eric, and Heidi….
With heavy hearts we are saddened by your loss , we can say without a doubt Joan is in Heaven with the Lord , Dale and many friends, I don’t think there is enough room on this page to tell you all the stories & events we had the privilege of sharing with Joan , many decades ago how they took us under there wings , treated us as family, ohh the stories, trips around the US from Il. To Tennessee, Washington State , hours of calling together, soooo many memories, she was a great prayer worrier , dedicated mom. A SERVANT for her Lord, she loved her grandchildren & great grandchildren, great great grandchildren … she is going to be missed, a big hole in your hearts ,

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