PEORIA - Shirley Clara O'Malley, age 89, of Peoria passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at 10:23 p.m. at Bel-Wood Nursing Home in Peoria.
She was born March 20, 1924, in Chicago to Roy and Anna (Misch) Dean. She married Eugene Hammer.
Survivors include one daughter, Cassandra (William) Blankenship of Mapleton; one son, Kevin (Marlene) Hammer of Salem, Ore.; and two grandchildren, Melissa (Adam) Borders of North Pekin and Cory Blankenship of Mapleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Arlene Pesch; and one brother, Marvin Dean.
Shirley first worked as a housemother at Moose-heart during the 1970s. She then was a seamstress for Kauffman's Dress Factory in Aurora, and then worked for the Peoria Public Library from 1995 until her retirement in 2000.
She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Chapter 00, member of the North Shore Animal League, and was a very involved animal rights activist.
She was of the Lutheran faith and was a loving and caring mother and grandmother.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Shirley's life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her daughter Cassandra's house in Mapleton.
Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services in Peoria is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to PAWS or TAPS.