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PEKIN ~ Diana J Sandy, 78, of Pekin, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Hallmark House Nursing Center in Pekin.

Born October 12, 1940 in Peoria to Lowell and Mildred (Schuster) DeFrance, she married Rev. James Sandy on August 22, 1959, in Peoria. He died May 24, 1996 in Creve Coeur.   Her parents also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Guy (Cyndee) Sandy of East Peoria, Bud (Heather) Sandy of Normal; two daughters, Kathie (Cary) VandeSchraaf of Pekin and Susan Mayes of Bartonville; seven grandchildren, James, Heidi, Ben, Emily, Drew, Brooke, Bethany; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Becky (Larry) Glasscock of Indian Head Park and two brothers, Lowell (Sandy) DeFrance of Woodstock and Bryant (Lynn) DeFrance of Peoria and a cousin she was very close to, Kay Joseph of Elgin.   She also was preceded in death by two brothers; Harvey DeFrance and David DeFrance and grandchild Anne-Marie Sandy.

Along with supporting her husband in fulltime ministry in the towns of Hillsboro, Iowa, Clayton, Timewell, Oreana and Creve Coeur, she was a longtime school teacher with Creve Coeur School District 76, retiring in 1999.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Creve Coeur since 1965.

Her visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Creve Coeur, with funeral services immediately following.  Pastor Dwight Winnett will officiate.  Burial will be held at Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 604 Groveland, Creve Coeur, IL 61610.

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