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Sue E. Crain
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Sue E. Crain, age 88, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Heddington Oaks in Peoria.

Sue was born on December 19, 1929 in Kingsport, TN to James and Lucy (Steffey) Cole. She married James H. Crain on December 19, 1948 in Gate City, VA.

Surviving are her children, John (Terry) Crain of Dunlap, IL, Mary (Peggy) Crain of Peoria, IL and James (Alissa) Crain, Jr. of Wildwood, MO; her grandchildren, Larkin, Jason, Johnny and Courtney Crain and Beau Brugger. She was preceded in death by Jim, her loving husband of 69 years, by her parents and by four sisters and seven brothers.

Born and raised in Tennessee, she was the eighth of twelve children. Even though her family didn’t have much, they had each other and that sense of family became a touchstone for her life going forward. Her family and faith in God were always the most important things to her. She came to Peoria with Jim to start their new life. Once her children were in school, she started at Illinois Bell Telephone Co. as a cook, then transferred to directory assistance, retiring after 20 years.

During this time, she was also a Cub Scout Den Mother, PTA President, Election judge for almost 30 years, she started the Girl Scout Troup at Longfellow school, serving as the leader for several years. She and Jim were longstanding members of Bethany Baptist Church, were she taught Junior church, worked in the AWANA program, served as the Missions Treasurer, served as the chairperson of the Hospitality committee and the Women’s Missionary Fellowship. For a time she ran the Greater Peoria Women’s Softball League so the girls of Bethany would have a place to play softball. During her spare time, she loved to bake and decorate cakes, make mints and candies and crochet afghans.

She was a loving and supportive wife and mother, and later in life she enjoyed doting on her 5 grandchildren, not wanting to miss a grandparent’s day, or a birthday celebration. She and Jim built a home that was always open to their children, their grandchildren, their friends and anyone who entered was always welcome.

She was an example of a strong woman, with a strong Christian faith, and always active in her church, in her children’s schools, and in service to others.

Eventually dementia came and stole away her mind and her ability to so easily keep the books for the church missions, their personal finances, to plan and organize any function for the church or school, or family reunions. Jim lovingly took care of her, for many years, as long as he was able. But then there came a time that the family, with heavy hearts, had to place her in Bellwood/Heddington Oaks; the family would like to express our appreciation for the compassionate care that was provided there to our much loved mother.

Services will be on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11am at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria with visitation beginning at 10am. Rev. Lyall Sutton will be officiating. Burial will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Memorials made to Alzheimer’s Association or Bethany Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made through

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Wilton Mortuary

2101 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603





11:00 AM
The Wilton Mortuary

2101 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603

Cemetery Details


Swan Lake Memory Gardens

4601 W. War Memorial Drive
Peoria, IL 61615

Memorial Contribution

Bethany Baptist Church

7422 N. Heinz Lane
Edwards, IL 61528

Alzheimer's Association, Illinois Chapter, 614 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614


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