Peggy Upton, 87, of Heyworth, formerly of Champaign, passed away 5:28 p.m. Monday (Feb. 24, 2014) at Heritage Health, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Freese Funeral Home, Tolono, with the Rev. Ken Young officiating. Burial will be at Bailey Memorial Cemetery, Tolono. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.

Mrs. Upton was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Glendale, Ky., the youngest child of Miles Hiter and Ella Ree Cruse Upton II.

She is survived by her children; Kathleen Rauckman-Douglas, Heyworth, and Kenneth (Jolene Grider) Rauckman, Broadlands; four grandsons, Charles Routh Jr., Chad Routh, and Eric and Ryan Rauckman, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including Gary (Darla) Upton, Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and her parents.

Mrs. Upton retired from University of Illinois of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Clinic in 1990. She owned and loved animals; horses, dogs and cats. Memorials may be made to Champaign County Humane Society.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Sundaram, Dr. Gandhi, Advocate BroMenn CVCU staff, Dr. Kim, Heritage Health in Bloomington and OSF Hospice for taking such wonderful care of their mother.

She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her entire family.

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