MAPLETON - Rhea M. Jones, 75, of Mapleton passed away at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Pekin Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Clary Funeral Home, 3004 W. Lake Ave., in Peoria, with Fr. Brian Kellington and Deacon Laurie Kellington officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to services at the funeral home. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Rhea was born in Mount Clemens, Mich., on Aug. 6, 1938, a daughter of Frank and Rhea (Nie) Tate. She married John Jones in Peoria in 1958. He preceded her in death in December of 1998.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her children, Gregg (Lynn) Jones of Paducah, Ky., Kimberly Dross of San Antonio, Texas, and Danny and Kathy Jones of Peoria; grandson, Branden (Angela) Dross; granddaughters, Samantha Dross and Emily Van Auken; great-grandchildren, Branden Jr., Jackson and Annabelle; and several brothers and sisters.
Rhea earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bradley University and her master's degree from Western Illinois University.
She retired as a registered nurse with Proctor Hospital after 20 years of service. She also retired as a special education teacher with Jameson School and taught nursing at Methodist Medical Center. She was last employed as a registered nurse with Washington Christian Village.
She was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Pekin for over 40 years, a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King and volunteered with the Special Olympics.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rhea's memory to Special Olympics Illinois, 605 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761.
Rhea's memorial website and online condolences may be accessed at www.ClaryFunerals.com.