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PEKIN ~ Donna Mae Woodin, 95, of Avonlea Cottage in Milan, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018 at her residence.  She was formerly a longtime Pekin resident.

Born May 3, 1922 in Carroll County to George Henry and Dorothea (Shiley) Dambman, she married Robert M. Woodin on August 2, 1945 in Milledgeville.  He died October 23, 2000 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Bernice H. Gifford.

Surviving are two sons, Marc (Chris) Woodin of Corpus Christi, Texas and Kevan M. (Connie) Woodin of Blue Grass, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jamie Lynn (Nicholas) Meier of Coal Valley, Heather Rae Woodin of Houston, Texas, Michael Robert Woodin of Moline and Amber Michelle Woodin of Houston, Texas and one great-grandson, Brennan Meier.

She was a 1930 graduate of Milledgeville Community High School and a graduate of Brown’s Business College in Rockford.

A homemaker, Donna worked as the executive secretary for several years during the late 1940’s at the Tazewell County TB Association.

She attended Pekin First Church of the Nazarene.  She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pekin, where she had served as a teacher for Vacation Bible School, Sunday school and served in the nursery.

Her funeral was held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Judy Doyle officiated.  Visitation was held prior to the funeral.  Burial was in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Neighborhood House for Meals on Wheels, 1020 South Matthew, Peoria, IL 61615 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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