Betty J. Close, 80, of Pekin, formerly of Princeville, died at 11:44 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.Betty was born June 11, 1933, in Peoria, the daughter of Alva and Belle Sturgeon Sheeley. She married James Lee Jenkins, he preceded her in death on March 21, 1982.
Surviving are two sons, Rod (Patti) Jenkins of Princeville, and Dale (Carrie) Jenkins of Texas; 9 grandchildren, Chad, Jennifer, Matthew, Jamie, Tara, Alissa, Scott, Sarah, and Zachary; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Eva (Robert) Curry of Florida; and son-in-law, Bob Rickey. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane Rickey; sister, Selma Reinholt; and brother, Paul Sheeley.
Betty was a wonderful mother and beloved grandmother.
Cremation was accorded. Private family services will be held at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Illinois Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 235, Morton, IL 61550.
Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.