PEORIA - LeAnna (Early) Karnopp Grimsley, 61, formerly of Peoria and Morton, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Simi Valley, Calif.
Her loving husband, Gary LaPook, survives.
She was born on Sept. 13, 1951, to David and Kathleen (Bosecker) Early. She was preceded in death by her mother.
Her sister, Janice Robertson, and her father and his wife, Juli, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
LeAnna was first married to Richard Karnopp and had one child, Carrie Karnopp Driscoll (Kevin). She was married to her second husband, Gregg Grimsley, in 1998. He preceded her in death in 2004. She has two granddaughters, Eloise and Agatha.
She taught science at Central Junior High School in East Peoria for five years before attending the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating in 1986. She was an attorney at Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin for a number of years, later forming her own law firm, Grimsley & Grimsley, with her husband Gregg.
Known for her sharp wit and intelligence, LeAnna was nearly impossible to beat in Trivial Pursuit, a favorite game among her family and friends. LeAnna loved to travel and enjoyed many wonderful trips, vacationing in Europe, St. Martin, Egypt, Hawaii and Tahiti, among many other destinations. She and her husband Gary recently spent two summers in Paris.
Cremation has been accorded. A memorial gathering for friends and family will be scheduled soon.
Please go to www.simivalleymortuary.com for more information.
Donations in her memory may be made to the
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