PEORIA - Sharon L. Nelson, 69, of Peoria passed away at 7:04 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at her residence.
Sharon was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Peoria, the daughter of Otis Keith and Mamie Hoos VanSickle. She married Willard Bowen. She later married Robert Jenkins and later married Walter C. Nelson. All preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children, Raymond Jenkins of North Pekin, Robert F. Jenkins of Dunlap, Willard Bowen Jr. of Morton, Ronald (Toni) Bowen Sr. of Peoria and Kimberly (Todd) Regguinti of Peoria; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Linda Plue of East Peoria and Brenda Richardson of Peoria.
Sharon was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Bryan Bowen; and one sister, Judy VanSickle.
She worked as a bus driver for District 150 until her retirement.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life will be at the VFW in Creve Couer, Ill., at 4 p.m. today, July 26, 2013. Schmidt-Haller Burial & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
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