Leigh Ann Helensmith

Pekin - Leigh Ann Helensmith, 43, of Gravois Mills, Mo., passed away at 3:13 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at her home. She was formerly of Pekin.

Born Sept. 10, 1970, in Peoria to William Curtis and Marlene M. (Ruth) Youle, she married William Joseph "Bill" Helensmith on May 19, 2001, in Orlando, Fla.

Surviving are her husband, Bill Helensmith of Gravois Mills, Mo.; her mother, Marlene Youle of Pekin; and one sister, Gayle (David) Supriano of Pekin.

Her father preceded her in death on March 11, 2010.

A 1988 graduate of Pekin Community High School, she received her bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Leigh Ann began her career as a pharmacist in 1993, working at Walgreen's in Macomb, Peoria and last at Pekin. She later worked at Walmart in Versailles, Mo., and then at Lake Regional Health Systems in Osage Beach, Mo. She currently was working at Woods Pharmacy in Sunrise Beach, Mo.

Leigh Ann enjoyed going antiquing with her mom, boating and anything else that involved being on the water. She loved her cats and dogs.

Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Mike Shirey will officiate. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan.

Since Leigh Ann was such an animal lover, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 TAPS Lane, Pekin, IL 61554 or to S.T.A.F.F. Animal Rescue, Post Office Box 1324, Laurie, MO 65038.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

Funeral Home

500 N 4th St Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 346-2176

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 7, 2014