Elaine Smith-Hess


Died: April 24, 2014
PEKIN ~ Elaine Smith-Hess, 70, of Pekin, passed away at 5:43 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.;Born August 4, 1943 in Gary, Indiana to Elgin and Mae (Carter) Alexander, she married David Hess on June 3, 2000 in Pekin. They had been together for a total of 28 years. He survives.;Also surviving are one son, Shane Smith of Manito, two grandchildren, Alexander Smith and Kaitlin Smith, both of Manito, daughter-in-law, Shannon Smith of Manito, and one brother, Carl (Gwen) Alexander of Clanton, Alabama.;She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Douglas Alexander.;Elaine had worked for PDC Laboratories, Inc. in Peoria for 10 years, retiring in the early 1990’s.;She cherished time spent with her family and especially loved spoiling her grandchildren.;Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin is handling arrangements.;In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association at 2501 Chatham Rd. Suite 210 Springfield, IL 62704 or to the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund at 2621 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria, IL 61604.;To express condolences online, visit

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