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V. Jane Thrush

February 22, 1936 March 17, 2015
V. Jane Thrush
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PEORIA - V. Jane Thrush, 79, of Peoria passed away peacefully at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill. Born Feb. 22, 1936, in rural Walnut Grove, Ill., on a snowy day, she was a daughter to the late Calvin and Dorothy (Ramer) Wilson. It so snowy in fact that the men had to shovel the road so the doctor could make it to the farm to deliver the beautiful baby! Soon after, the family moved to Roseville, where they lived in a duplex. Her future husband, James Everett Thrush, lived downstairs. Though they met as toddlers, it would be almost 20 years later before they would marry on Aug. 4, 1957. Jane attended Roseville elementary and high schools before earning her degree in nursing at the Methodist School of Nursing. She also earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of Saint Francis in Joliet, Ill. Jane worked as a pediatric nurse in the office of Dr. Callaway before joining the staff at the American Red Cross. She had two daughters, Kimberly Sue Thrush and Jill Ann Pegg. Kim married Brian "Fox" Ellis and they live in Bishop Hill. Jill married Robert Pegg and they live in Peoria. She is survived by three sisters, Barb Wilson of Denver, Connie Larkin of Viola and Jean Taylor of Roseville; both daughters, Kim and Jill; and four grandchildren, Ryan Thrush, Anthony Pegg, Lily Ellis and Laurel Ellis; as well as nieces, nephews, and her lifelong best friend, Skip Smith of Oswego. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thrush; and parents, Calvin and Dorothy Wilson. She was the best mother ever, a supportive wife and a fun loving grandmother who took a special interest in helping her grandchildren grow up well-loved. Anyone who knew Jane will remember her brightening the room with her smile and happy spirit. Every time she and her sisters got together, the air was filled with laughter. She took art classes after retiring, producing a series of wonderful flower paintings. She also knitted blankets for her grandkids and loved her geraniums. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. March 21 at the Wright & Salmon Funeral Home on North Street in Peoria. A visitation will precede the service at 9:30 a.m. and the burial will be afterwards at 2 p.m. in Raritan, Ill. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jane's memory may be made to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto Funeral arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Wright and Salmon Mortuary.


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