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Donna E. Peterson

July 30, 1935 — July 15, 2016

Donna E. Peterson, 80, of Knoxville, Illinois passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:51 A.M. at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, Illinois. Donna was born July 30, 1935 in Knox County, Illinois the daughter of Ray C. and Ella Mae (Barlow) Dillon. She married Clarence Anderson in 1951. Donna was a graduate of the Carl Sandburg College CNA program. She worked in the Nurses Department of the Knox County Nursing Home for 22 years. Donna was a proud member of the First Christian Church in Knoxville. She loved her family, music flowers, and dancing. Surviving are her 2 children, Rhonda Sue (and Bob) Fones of Knoxville, John Ray (and Barb) Anderson of Knoxville, 4 grandchildren, Chad Eugene (and Amanda) Fones of Metamora, Illinois, Tammy (and Waylon) Stegall of Columbia Heights-East Galesburg, Dianna (and Jarrett) Gonzalez of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Deanna Anderson of Knoxville, 2 great-grandchildren, Baby Griff Fones, Mason Robert Fones, and one on the way, 6 brothers and sisters, Jack (and Nancy) Dillon of Galesburg, Linda Ward of Knoxville, David (and Beth) Dillon of Galesburg, Dan Dillon and Mary Wolf of Silvis, Illinois, Chris Dillon and Mike Warren of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and Susan (and Steve) Sellers of Knoxville. She is also survived by 3 faithful dogs, Ellie Mae, Sina Fox, and Maggie Mae. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray C. and Ella Mae Dillon, granddaughter, Carrie Anderson, sister, Rita (and Jim) Martin and nephew Michael Craine. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. The funeral service will begin directly following the conclusion of the visitation at 1:00 P.M. Interment will take place at the Knoxville Cemetery. Rev. David Shreeves will be officiating the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Knoxville. Online condolences can be left at To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Donna E. Peterson please visit our Sympathy Store.
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