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Wilma Fern Peebles


MARION — Wilma Fern Peebles, 88, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, in Parkway Manor.

Wilma was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Marion, to Arlie and Bessie (Askew) Simmons.

She married Wallace Peebles on Aug. 18, 1951, and together they enjoyed 62 years of marriage until his passing May 14, 2013.

Wilma was an active member of the Community of Christ Church in Marion.

She worked for a CPA firm in tax and accounting and later worked for the State of Illinois in the Department of Economic Development until her retirement in 1992.

Wilma enjoyed hosting many family gatherings in her home through the years.

Survivors include son, Paul Peebles of Redding, California; daughter, Beth Asp of Marion; brother, Gene Simmons of Marion; sister, Abie Jewell of Independence, Missouiri; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, William Edward Simmons; and sisters, Edna Cogdill and Eva Lee Greeney.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion, with Richard Switzer and Kevin Waldrop officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Community of Christ Church or the Ataxia Foundation and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, P.O. Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.

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