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PEKIN ~ Loretta Marie Turner, 81, of Pekin, formerly of Creve Coeur, passed away at 4:54 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. 

Born October 10, 1935 in Carbondale to Yeul Francis and Lillian Marie (Young) Taylor, she married Curtis Turner on March 11, 1967 in Peoria.  He preceded her in death on March 31, 1996.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers and four sisters.

Surviving are three sons, David Barnard of Pekin; Darrell (Freda) Barnard of Florence, Alabama and Michael Barnard of North Pekin; one daughter, Sheila Douglas of Arkansas; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry (Sandy) Taylor of Delavan; one sister, Lisa (Dwight) Kirklin of Gulf Fort, Mississippi.  She also leaves a very close long-time friend of the family, Pam Schrader of Pekin. 

She had previously attended the Bethel Baptist Church in Pekin. 

A homemaker, Loretta had also worked in the cafeteria for a local school district as well as the Caterpillar, Inc. cafeteria. 

She volunteered at the Miller Center and loved to eat at Bob Evans. 

Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  The Rev. Steven M. Rowell, Sr. will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. 

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.