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Shirley Ann Cranford

June 22, 1934 January 8, 2016
Shirley Ann  Cranford
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Obituary for Shirley Ann Cranford

PEORIA HEIGHTS – Shirley Ann Cranford, 81, of Peoria Heights passed away at 4:46 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Shirley was born on June 22, 1934, in Pekin to the late George and Frances (Schleder) Klockenga. She married Virgil Cranford on Apr. 16, 1955, at Peoria Heights Congregational Church. He survives.

She is also survived by six children, Danny (Suzanne) Cranford of Peoria Heights, Scott (Bev) Cranford of Norwood, Ill., Mark (Connie) Cranford of East Peoria, Mary (Kevin) Scott of Dunlap. Bill (Jill) Cranford of Ottawa, Ill., Gary Cranford of Peoria Heights; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Kristen, Allison, Kaleigh, Jeffrey, Alexi, Kelly, Michelle, and Eric; two great-grandchildren, Eliza and Lucas; one sister, Georgia Lee Shields of Birmingham, Ala.; and one brother, Richard Klockenga of Edwards, Ill.

She was preceded in death by one infant sister.

Shirley was a graduate of Woodruff High School.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was always thinking of others before herself. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and reading and loved sharing her canned vegetables, fruits, and jellies with friends and family. She loved giving away her crocheted items as gifts. She was also an avid bird watcher.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. until the time of service. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of ashes will be in Springdale Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peoria Heights School District #325.

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Funeral Service




4:00 PM 1/10/2016 4:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Visitation will be from 2-4PM prior to the service.

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Peoria Heights School District #325


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