PEKIN - Carol Jean Simpkins, 71, of Pekin passed away at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Timbercreek Rehab & Healthcare in Pekin.
Born July 25, 1942, in West Allis, Wis., to Martin and Catherine (Roth) Louwers, she married James Clifford "Cliff" Simpkins on March 26, 1961, in Pekin. He died Dec. 1, 2012, in Pekin.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Larry Louwers; and four sisters, Katherine Barrows, Anna Johnson, Marilyn Machmueller and Dorothy Helmick.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen (Maria) Simpkins of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Gregory (Shelley) Simpkins of Pekin; five grandchildren, Brooke (Mark) Donnelly, Ian (Susie) Hacker and Taylor Biga, all of Pekin, Jesse (Aaron) Shafer of Moscow Mills, Mo., and Patty Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was a homemaker.
Carol loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed birds, particularly cardinals and hummingbirds, and fed and cared for them year round.
Carol attended First United Methodist Church in Pekin.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.
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