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Mrs. Esther "Peg" Elmore

1936 - 2021


Mrs. Esther "Peg" Joyce Elmore, 84, Knoxville, formerly of Abingdon, passed away at 6:04 am Sunday, April 18, 2021, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois. 

She was born December 13, 1936 in Beardstown, Illinois, the daughter of Herschel and Helen Louise (Wheeler) Baer.  She married Charles Bankes in 1955 and he died in 1956.  She married Jesse Elmore on August 18, 1962.  He preceded her in death on July 27, 2016. 

Peg is survived by her four children, Charles "Chuck" (Lisa) Bankes of Galesburg, Amy (Warren) Thurow of Utica, Jan (Doug) Anderson of Knoxville, Jon Elmore of Abingdon; nine grandchildren, Rhiannon (Tom) Bankes-Johnson, of Dacula, Georgia, Melissa (Daniel) Bankes of  Cary, North Carolina, Maggie Thurow of Lisle, Tim (Diana) Thurow of Henry, Laura Thurow of Utica, Chelsea Bankes of Davenport, Iowa, Evan Anderson of Galesburg, Dylan Anderson of Knoxville, Jaylynn Elmore of Altona and two great grandchildren Kali Campbell of  Dacula, Georgia, and Alexander Thurow of Henry; two step grandchildren Seann Anderson of Galesburg and Nathan (Haley) Anderson of Aledo and four step great-grandchildren Tannen, Parker and Jordi of Aledo and Maddox Anderson of Abingdon; four brothers Ted (Marilyn) Baer of Rushville, Jim Baer of Rushville, Jack (Linda) Baer of Godfrey, and Tom Baer of Godfrey; three sisters, Pat Kramer of Godfrey,  Judy DeWitt of Beardstown, and Nancy (Stan) Magness of Quincy. 

She was also preceded on death by her parents, two brothers Phil Baer and Bill Baer and two sisters, Sis Mallicoat and Carolyn Spillers.

She was a homemaker most of her life who enjoyed being a mother and especially a grandmother.  She enjoyed the simple things in life.  Her positive outlook on life and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Cremation will be accorded.  To celebrate her life there will be a private family ceremony.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Abigail's Women's Center, 1610 Stroble Ave, Mendota, IL  61342 or online  Online condolences may be made at 



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Susan Piazza

April 21, 2021 7:21 PM

Chuck, Amy, Jan, Jon and Families:  So sorry for your loss.  Aunt Peg was blessed to be surrounded by such a loving family in all of you, her siblings and her friends.  Even though my memories of seeing her are older, I recall she always had a kind word and a smile Mom thought the world of her, too, and will miss her greatly.  May all of your fond, loving memories of your mom bring you peace.  
God Bless,
Susan (Kramer) Piazza

Susan Hall

April 20, 2021 9:14 PM

Sorry for your families loss of your mom. She will be missed!! Cherish the memories of her and keep them close to your hearts.  

Donna (Ginther) Anderson

April 20, 2021 2:00 PM

Amy, Jan, Chuck and Jon,
My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother Peg.  I have many fond and happy memories of your Mom, from my younger years.  Peg was always welcoming to me, and fun to be around.     May God bless you all with peace at this difficult time. 

Joe baer

April 20, 2021 6:43 AM

Jon and family so sorry to hear the loss of your mom loved hanging out sometimes as kids at your house your mom was great and dad again so sorry my dad says sorry to joe baer

Sue Little Shultz

April 19, 2021 2:40 PM

Jan- so sorry to hear about your mom. Sending love hugs and prayers to you all. Sue (Little) Shultz

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