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     Mary Louise Howard, 83, of Peoria, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at her home at St. Sharbel Village II in Peoria.
     She was born on August 29, 1930 in Earlham, IA, the daughter of Clifton and Margaret (Thompson) Hamilton. She married Donald E. Howard in 1947 in Lebanon, MO.
     She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Phyllis Hamilton, Helen Hamilton and Virginia A. Patton; and her daughter, Donna S. Picton.
     She is survived by her brother, Galen E. Hamilton of Newport, OR; her son, Richard (Jeannette) Howard; her daughter, Margaret “Becky” (James) Nugent of Matteson; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
     She worked for over thirty years as a cook for the Dixie Manor restaurant and was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
     As she requested, there will be no public visitation or services. Memorial contributions may be made to Crittenton Centers in Peoria.
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Hendrick Polanco My deepest condolences May 22, 2014

My condolences. It is my hope that these words of the Holy Scriptures, prove to be supportive in this difficult and painful time…..

John 11:32-45

32 And so Mary, when she arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, fell at his feet, saying to him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping and the Jews that came with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and became troubled; 34 and he said: “Where have YOU laid him?” They said to him: “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus gave way to tears. 36 Therefore the Jews began to say: “See, what affection he used to have for him!” 37 But some of them said: “Was not this [man] that opened the eyes of the blind man able to prevent this one from dying?”

38 Hence Jesus, after groaning again within himself, came to the memorial tomb. It was, in fact, a cave, and a stone was lying against it.39 Jesus said: “TAKE the stone away.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him: “Lord, by now he must smell, for it is four days.”40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Therefore they took the stone away. Now Jesus raised his eyes heavenward and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 True, I knew that you always hear me; but on account of the crowd standing around I spoke, in order that they might believe that you sent me forth.” 43 And when he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice: “Laz´a·rus, come on out!” 44The [man] that had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his countenance was bound about with a cloth. Jesus said to them: “Loose him and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews that had come to Mary and that beheld what he did put faith in him;

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