‘Connie’ Smith

Constance M. “Connie” Smith, 79, of Pekin, went to be with her Lord at 9:19 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Amy’s Country Manor. She passed peacefully and was surrounded by love.

Connie was born May 17, 1936, in California to Hommer and Ethel Parr Hendricks. She married Russell L. Smith Dec. 24, 1956, in Peoria.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Surviving are her husband, Russell of Pekin; one son, Steve Smith of Pekin; one daughter, Vicki (William) Berchtold of Pekin; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Bert Hendricks of Texas; and one sister, Mary (Don) Hodel of Washington.

Connie was a woman of the Lord and spent over 30 years as the secretary and librarian of Groveland Missionary Church. She was well regarded in the church community and is remembered for things such as: ‘Always being on top of things”, “friendly and helpful in any way” and for having “sparkling eyes and a great smile”. She loved to spend her time reading, knitting/sewing, camping and cooking.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory in Pekin, with the Rev. Marv Claasen officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Groveland Missionary Church or to the family to help with medical expenses.

To offer condolences online, visit www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.

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