Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

2021 North University Street, Peoria, IL


Judith A. Dixon-Willard

February 13, 1943November 5, 2019

Bartonville – Judith A. Dixon-Willard, 76, of Bartonville, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at her home.

She was born February 13, 1943 in Mason City, IA to Russell Preston and Hazel Eleanor (Francis) Buchanan. She married Thomas D. Dixon. She later married Joseph B. Willard on January 20, 1983 in Peoria. He preceded her in death in September 2017.

Surviving is her daughter, Stephanie (Jessee) Towery of Bartonville; three step-children, Jill (Mark) Karkiewicz of Stevens Point, WI, Brad (Mitzi) Willard of Clinton, and Gregg (Kim) Willard of Palm Harbor, FL; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Joan Buchanan of Paradise Valley, AZ; two nephews, David (Gale) Eilers of Washington, IL and Jeff (Martha) Buchanan of Sturbridge, MA; one niece, Beth Buchanan of Scottsdale, AZ.

Judith was preceded in death by two sisters, Bev (Jack) Miller and Kaye Buchanan; and brother, David Buchanan.

She last worked as an accountant for Common Place in Peoria for over 15 years. Judith previously worked for Carson-Pirie-Scott/Bergners in both Peoria and Chicago for many years. She loved to work on genealogy with Ancestry.com.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, where Judith’s funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019. Rev. Fr. Michael Andrejek will officiate. A visitation will take place on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. also at the church. Burial will take place in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be made to her church or PAWS or Foster Pet Outreach or TCAC.

Condolences may be left for Judith’s family at www.davison-fulton.com.


  • Russell Preston and Hazel Eleanor (Francis) Buchanan, Parents
  • Thomas D. Dixon, 1st Husband
  • Joseph B. Willard, 2nd Husband
  • Stephanie (Jessee) Towery, Daughter
  • Jill (Mark) Karkiewicz, Step-daughter
  • Brad (Mitzi) Willard, Step-son
  • Gregg (Kim) Willard, Step-son
  • Eleven Grandchildren
  • Two Great- Grandchildren
  • Joan Buchanan, Sister-in-law
  • David (Gale) Eilers, Nephew
  • Jeff (Martha) Buchanan, Nephew
  • Beth Buchanan, Niece
  • Judith was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph; two sisters, Bev(Jack) Miller and Kaye Buchanan; and one brother, David Buchanan.

  • St. Joseph Church
  • PAWS
  • Foster Pet Outreach
  • Tazewell County Animal Control


  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, November 9, 2019


Judith A. Dixon-Willard

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Julie Barclay

November 12, 2019

I am sorry your mom passed away. She was a one of a kind and I will miss seeing her. Take care of yourself and Jesse.

Stacy Zielsdorf

November 8, 2019

I miss you so much. You introduced alot of good movies to me and I will think of you every time I watch them.You were such a great person. I will miss our time together greatly. I hope you are watching over us now and enjoying your sight again!!

Donna Simerly

November 7, 2019

It was a pleasure getting to know Judy over the last year and half. I will always think of her when I watch The Hallmark Channel and I have a new love for word puzzles and trivia. She was awesome with trivia!
Rest in peace Judy, God bless

Andrea Brown

November 7, 2019

Judy and I shared a lot of laughs and adventures during our road trips while working for Carson's. I cherish those memories. My condolences to your family.

Andrea Brown