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East Peoria ~ Ina E. Pierce, 73, of East Peoria, passed away at 11:59 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born March 14, 1946 in Peoria to Henry and Una (Stailey) Beard, she married James Pierce on June 24, 1967 in East Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Jennifer R. Pierce of East Peoria, Jessica R. Harr of Webb City MO; three grandchildren, Angellea R. Pierce of East Peoria, Amiyah R. and Gabriel E. Harr both of Webb City MO; one sister, Glenna (Greg) Bruen of Pekin, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and three brothers.

Ina worked at UnityPoint Pekin Hospital for 19 years as a nurses aide.

She enjoyed bowling in her free time years ago with her husband, James. Recently she loved the outdoors and to fish, walk through and watch the wildlife. The family always looked forward to their trips to New Salem.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Pastor Steve Weber will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Midwest Affiliate, 4722 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614.

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