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Shirley Anne Hanley

February 11, 1935 June 3, 2009
Shirley Anne Hanley
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PEORIA-Shirley Anne Hanley, age 74, of Peoria, passed away peacefully at her home at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. She was born on February 11, 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island to Howard and Harriette Phelps Marland. She met the love of her life, John Patrick Hanley in Narragansett, Rhode Island and married him on April 24, 1959 in Peoria, IL. He survives. Also surviving are ten children, Maureen (Thomas) Smith of Simsbury, CT, Margaret Hanley of Peoria, Mary (Dan) Dunaway of Peoria, Phyllis (Tony) Piraino East Peoria, Paula (Lea Dottke) Hanley of Oak Park, Thomas Hanley of Peoria, John C. Hanley of Peoria, James Hanley of Peoria, Andrew (Susan) Hanley of Peoria, and Peter (Jill) Hanley of Peoria. Also surviving are seventeen grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. She was Vice-President of A. Lucas & Sons Steel for 25 years and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a proud patriotic American with a profound love for her country. In her words, “I did my best! I loved God and country. JPH was my everything.” She loved everything Red, White and Blue, the Grand Old Flag, the 4th of July, fireworks, purple violets, the smell of fresh gardenias, sand in her toes, the smell of the ocean, dancing the jig, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, angels, morning chitchats with special friends and spending time at her home in Saugatuck, Michigan. She had a love for writing and was working on her first novel. Her zest for life shined in everyone she encountered. “Make life the greatest trip you ever have. You can cry if you want to, but remember a part of me lives on in you.” She was a dedicated and loving wife and spent much of her life mothering her children and watching them fulfill their dreams. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Sacred Heart Church with Franciscan Fathers officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary and one hour before the mass at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded. Private burial of ashes will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria at a later date. Friends are invited to celebrate her life at a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on Friday in front of Kelleher’s Irish Pub on Water Street in Peoria. To honor her love for America, memorials may be made in her name to Honor Flight Chicago, 2001 West Churchill, Chicago, IL 60647 or at Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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