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PEKIN ~ Frances Ann Wood, 84, of Pekin, went to be with our Lord and Savior at 1:02 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her home.   She was formerly of Marquette Heights.

Born February 13, 1933 in Morris to Harold and Helen (Long) Wilkinson, she married the love of her life, Glen W. Wood on September 29, 1951 in Morris.  He died June 11, 2017.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, H. Lea Wilkinson.

Surviving are four sons, Thomas (Claudia) Wood of Bettendorf, Iowa, Michael “Mick” (Jodi) Wood of North Henderson, Kevin (Kari) Wood of Pekin, Christopher (Jodi) Wood of Mackinaw; two daughters, Linda (Cary) Martin of Pekin and Mary (Steven Kus) Johnson of Brookfield; seventeen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Frances was a devoted mother, staying home to raise their six children in Marquette Heights.  She later worked 15 years for the Tazewell County Superintendant of Schools.

She was an active member of Sacre Coeur Catholic Church in Creve Coeur, where she was a member of the choir and the Altar and Rosary Society.  She later joined Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Bartonville.

Frances enjoyed traveling, singing, a glass of wine and the company of family and friends.  She was quick to laugh and made jokes to the end.

Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Bartonville, with Father David Heinz as the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where a Scripture service will be held at 3:30 p.m.  Further visitation will be from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the church.  Entombment will be at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 2525 South Skyway Road, Bartonville, IL 61607, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, IL 61637, or to the American Red Cross, 311 West John Gwynn Jr. Avenue, Peoria, IL 61605.

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