PEORIA HEIGHTS - Meri Lou Reese Carlson, 61, of Peoria Heights passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her residence.
She was born May 14, 1952, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Ernest and Dorothy Ann (Schaffner) Reese.
Surviving are her father, Ernie (Martha) Reese; brothers, Will (Toni) Smith of Chillicothe, Tom Reese of Peoria and Tracy Reese of Peoria; one sister, Tanya (Chris) Margetis of Seal Beach, Calif.; a niece and nephew; daughter, Tonya Jolly of Seattle, Wash.; son, Chad Carlson of Peoria; three grandchildren; aunts; an uncle; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy and Bob Smith.
Meri Lou, "Reese," graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1970. She worked for the Peoria Journal Star and Wabco/Komatsu and later for Kraft Nabisco for 25 years.
She loved animals, flowers, collecting Chicago Bears items, monthly lunch with her girlfriends and her dogs. She was a NASCAR fan and a HUGE Chicago Bears fan.
Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and inurnment will be in LaSalle Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Online memorials may be made to the family at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.
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