PEORIA HEIGHTS - Betty L. Hockenbury, 85, of Peoria Heights, formerly of Metamora and Washburn, died at 4:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Cornerstone Health Care Center.
She was born on Oct. 15, 1928, in LaRose, Ill., to William and Mary Alice (Beavers) Moulton. She married Wayne Lewis Hockenbury on April 26, 1946, in Peoria. He died on Nov. 12, 2001.
Surviving are her children, Jay (Carol) Hockenbury of Metamora, Perry (Debbie) Hockenbury of Peoria, Lloyd (Freddie) Hockenbury of Washburn, Nancy (Larry) Smith of Metamora and Jackie (Gene) Heelan of Lantana, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Betty and her husband owned Hockenbury Friendly Spot in Metamora in the 1960s. She worked for Foster Gallagher in Peoria Heights as a manager and then as a clerk for Dixon's Seafood in East Peoria, retiring in 1995.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 58 years, where she was a past Worthy Matron; a member of American Legion Auxiliary; and a member of VFW Auxiliary.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Metamora American Legion. Cremation rites have been accorded, and burial of ashes will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora at a later date.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Online condolences at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.
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