Neomia M. Jefford
Neomia M. Jefford WASHINGTON - Neomia M. Jefford, 81, of Washington, IL, died at 4 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at Heights Health Care in Peoria Heights, IL. Born on December 10, 1935, in Joplin, MO, to Ben and Bessie Jenkins Cunningham, she married Arthur D. Jefford Sr. on April 9, 1957, in Hallowell, KS. He preceded her in death in January of 1990. Surviving are 4 children, Sharon Duckwiler of Washington, IL, Brenda (Darrel) Hamilton of East Peoria, IL, Thomas H. Jefford of Washington, IL, and Arthur D. (Anita) Jefford Jr. of North Pekin, IL; 1 brother, Delano (Ardis) Cunningham of Nebraska; 9 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Neomia enjoyed her family and creating special memories they will always cherish. She loved time spent with her dogs, Malcolm and Casey, and all the Dalmatian puppies, baking homemade bread and cinnamon rolls and midnight pizza parties. For 3 generations, Neomia created caramel popcorn balls and homemade cookies, which she handed out for Halloween treats and, in later years, she enjoyed playing in the swimming pool with her grandkids. She was a member of Sunnyland Christian Church in Washington. At Neomia's request, there will be no services at this time. At a later date, the family will have a celebration of life service. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association. Neomia's memorial website is also available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com , where condolences may also be sent to the family.
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