GALESBURG — Eleanor “Ellie” Lyons, 66, of Galesburg died at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home in Galesburg.
She was born Oct. 22, 1946, to Thomas and Lucy Stoner Puyear. She married John Wertz, then Gary Peddicord, then James Lyons. James preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 2010.
She worked for Sears in Galesburg as a salesperson and over the years worked as a waitress and a warehouse worker in the Galesburg area.
Surviving are two daughters, Lorali Serven of Wyoming, Ill., and Lucy (Christopher) Anderson of Raritan; one son, Robert (Dawn) Peddicord of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her mother, Lucy Puyear of Wyanet; and six brothers and sisters, Thomas Puyear of Tiskilwa, Donald (Doreen) Puyear of Wyanet, Francis (Hershel) Little of Earlville, Roberta (Robert) Muldoon of Beaverdam, Wis., Martin (Margaret) Puyear of Ohio, Ill., and Tamara (Berry) Tuft of Rockford.
She was preceded in death by her father and one husband.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A Celebration of Life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Wyanet. She will be entombed beside her husband at 11 a.m. March 8 at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island.
Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the family.
The Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville is assisting the family with arrangements.