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Ramona J. Cartwright

October 7, 1929 December 6, 2015
Ramona J. Cartwright
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PEORIA Ramona J. Cartwright, 86, of Peoria passed away at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home with her family holding hands around her bedside in a circle of love and prayer.
Ramona was born on Oct. 7, 1929, in Peoria to the late Hulbert and Irene M. (Enfield) Dunkin. She married Thomas L. Cartwright on Oct. 1, 1955, at St. Marys Cathedral in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 1971.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Jackson Dunkin; and one sister, Norma Dunkin.
She is survived by four children, Lisa (David) Johnson of North Pekin, Sharon (Terry) Mutton of Peoria, Angela (Bill) Lamb of Wyoming, Ill., and Carole (Jeff) Nelson of Peoria; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Tammy) Livingston, Emily (Jeremy) Clem, Brendan Livingston, Mark (Tanya) Mutton, Carley Lamb, Aimee Lamb, and Samantha Jean Nelson; and seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Owen, Michael, Emma, Olivia, Mazie, and Lily.
In a day when girls were raised very traditionally, Ramona was an athletic and rambunctious tom boy. She graduated from Peoria High School prior to attending Browns Business School.
She began her working career as a secretary at Caterpillar until her family came along. After her husband, Tom, passed away at a young age, she raised her four young daughters while returning to work full time, working for District 150, Maloof Realty, Bergners, Cater Inn. She last worked at Peoria County Adult Probation, retiring in 1992.
Ramona and Tom built a wonderful home for their little girls in a supportive, close, and loving neighborhood. She lived in this home for the rest of her life. She cherished highly her friendships with all of her neighbors and considered them part of her family, receiving their love and support up to her very last day.
She had a true friend with her older cousin, Howard Dunkin. Following his death, Ramona was left an unexpected bequest. His friendship, wisdom, and thoughtfulness supported her lovingly and spiritually during his life and afterwards. Her family is eternally grateful and proud of the unbreakable bond that they shared with each other.
In her active days, Ramona loved hiking, walking, and swimming. She enjoyed walking the neighborhood with her friends and found solace in the trails at Forest Park Nature Center. The neighborhood birds, squirrels, and raccoons will miss her too; but they may not miss her beloved dog, Georgie.
She found great joy in caring for her youngest granddaughter, as only a proud grandmother could, watching her from birth though grade school. She was most proud of her daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for keeping her family and friends in her daily prayers.
The family would like to share their awe and inspiration with the loving and caring nurses and physicians specialists on the second floor at UnityPoint Health Proctor and the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. They appreciated the special care she received by these gifted, amazing caregivers, who have truly received a very special calling.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Father Thomas Taylor will officiate, with Father Thomas Henseler co-officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Wright Salmon Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or ICC Health Careers Student Fund.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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