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Patrica "Patti Jo" J. Smithers
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Obituary for Patrica "Patti Jo" J. Smithers

PEORIA HEIGHTS—Patrica J. “Patti-Jo” Smithers, 81, of Peoria Heights passed away at 8:16 a.m., Friday, July 20, 2018 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

Born February 27, 1937 in Peoria, a daughter of John and Myrtle Sutton, Patti-Jo married George A. Smithers April 3, 1959 in Peoria.

Surviving are husband George Smithers, of Peoria Heights; one child Jehn Smithers of Peoria Heights; one sister, Franki Hamrick of Peoria; nieces and nephews, Chris Hamrick of Peoria, Jamie Hamrick of Peoria, Michael Hamrick of Seattle, WA; and five great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Tammi-Jo Smithers.

Patti-Jo was a homemaker and enjoyed swimming.

Patti-Jo, always happy and smiling, had the personality of a performer and enjoyed entertaining others by her singing, dancing, tap dancing, and acting. She had a one woman show at the Ramada Inn, in Peoria, and she performed at Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Players Theatre and in her younger years sang on the Juvenile Theatre, a WMBD kids radio program.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Wilton Mortuary in Peoria, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Reverend Karen Merrick will officiate. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Wilton Mortuary

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Peoria, IL 61603





1:30 PM
The Wilton Mortuary

2101 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603

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Parkview Cemetery

2001 N. University
Peoria, IL 61604


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