PEKIN - Linda Sue Wiseman Miller, 67, of Pekin passed away at 8:36 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at her home. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family following a period of declining health and strength due partially to Parkinson's disease.
Born Jan. 15, 1945, in South Pekin to Chester L. and Beulah E. (Crawford) Wiseman, she married Barry L. Miller in 1964 in South Pekin. He survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Dede (Derek) McNeely and Holli (Douglas) Goss, both of Pekin; two grandsons, Carson McNeely and Parker Goss; one brother, Tom Wiseman of Pekin; and two sisters, Wanda (Jerry) Little of Manito and Phyllis (Dick) Sanders of Overland Park.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Barry Lynn McNeely, who earned his Angel wings in October of 1992; three brothers, Frank Wiseman, John Wiseman and Kenneth Wiseman; and two sisters, Dixie Wiseman and Patti Schwartz.
A 1963 graduate of Pekin Community High School, she then studied at Midstate College in Peoria and began a career at Fleming Potter in Peoria. In 1977, she took a position at the Pekin Public Library, and this was the beginning of a 32 year journey. This journey enabled her to do what she did best, take care of others. Linda will be remembered for her community service and love for the youth of Pekin.
She was an avid member of the Southside Business Association in Pekin, where she served as the first female president. She served as the Grand Marshal for the Derby Days Parade in 1997, but her greatest accomplishments while with the SBA were being one of the founders of the SBA Park and for years of organizing the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments.
She received the Pekin YWCA's Community Service Award at the 2000 Women's Recognition Day, served as the 2001 Grand Marshal of the Pekin Winter Wonderland Parade, and was honored in 2005 by the Pekin Rotary Club with the Barney Maticka Memorial Award for her service to the youth in the community. She was also honored by the city of Pekin in 2004 with the key to the city.
She was a member of the Pekin First Church of God.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Johnny Creasong will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodrow Cemetery in rural Pekin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Don Bohlander Parkinson's Group in care of Holli Goss, 500 Amanda St., Pekin, IL 61554 or the Pekin Park Foundation, 1701 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554.
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