PEORIA - Shirley R. Perley, 81, of Peoria passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013, at OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Shirley was born on April 17, 1932, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Ernest J. and Ruth E. Johnson Seppelt. She married Dr. Leon "Bud" Perley on Dec. 30, 1951, in Dunlap, Ill.
She is survived by "Bud," her husband of 61 years; her children, Steven S. Perley of Kentucky and Jane (and her fiance, Jeff Massey) Perley Cannon of Peoria; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; one great-grandson, Zaedon Houseman, in 2006; and two nephews.
Shirley graduated from Bradley University in 1971 with a bachelor of science in education.
She last worked for the Peoria Heights School District for 23 years at Kelly Grade School, retiring in 1994. Prior to working as an elementary school teacher she was a legal secretary for the law firm Vespa & Ball from 1956 to 1959.
She was a member of First Federated Church in Peoria and a member of the Kings Daughters. Her life was devoted to her family.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Wilton Mortuary in Peoria. Chaplain Mary Jane West will be officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to services at the mortuary. Burial will be in Mount Hawley Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Leon Perley Scholarship Fund at Illinois Central College.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. thewiltonmortuary.com.