East Peoria - LaDora Elaine (Pankake) Hawkins, 83, of East Peoria, went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 8:01 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
She was born May 20, 1929, in Elmwood to Clarence Wilbur and Mabel Adell (McVey) Pankake. She married John C. Hawkins on July 21, 1946, at Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria. He preceded her in death in 1994. She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Hawkins Stark; one brother, Chuck Miller; and one sister, Jessie M. Banks.
Surviving are one son, John A. Hawkins of East Peoria; three daughters, Barbara Hawkins Bayer (James) of Lacon, Sandra Hawkins Kellerstrass (Kim) of Morton and Elizabeth Hawkins Bonifas of Chillicothe; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Miller of Peoria and David (Anita) Pankake of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Adell Miller Moore of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.
LaDora, her husband and their son, John, owned and operated ServiceMaster of Central Illinois in East Peoria for 40 years from 1971 to 2011. She continued to work well after her 80th birthday.
She was a former member of Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria and more recently attended Germantown Hills Baptist Church, where she had made many friends in Christ.
LaDora was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister and her family was her most active ministry for Christ. She exemplified to her family her love of Christ and in recent weeks had been focusing on the Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer which were such a comfort to her.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Bethany Baptist Church in Edwards, with Pastor Daniel Bennett officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the South Side Mission, 1127 S. Laramie St., Peoria, IL 61605 or to The Christian Center, 4100 N. Brandywine Drive, Peoria, IL 61614.