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Reba Waters

April 9, 1928 — November 20, 2015

Reba L. Waters, , 87, of Roanoke, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 8:36 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2015 at her home.

Reba was born in Wrigley, Tennessee on April 9, 1928 to Russell and Mary (Haskins) Jackson. She married J.V. Waters in Corinth, Mississippi in 1948. Reba and J.V. had celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing on February 22, 2008. Reba's parents, 3 sisters, 1 brother, two grandchildren and her son-in-law also preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children; Jennifer (William) Lovan Jr. of Bartonville, Jeffery (Sue) Waters of Yamanashi, Japan, Marsha (John) Oesterle of Eureka, Linda (Paul) O'Donnell of Canton, Scott (Sherry) Waters of Mapleton, John Waters of Peoria and Pamela Waters, with whom she made her home in Roanoke.

Reba was the loving Grandmother to 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her delicious meals, but especially for turkey and dressing and skillet corn bread at family dinners and holidays.

A homemaker for many years, Reba was a member of Laramie St. Baptist Church in Peoria and was actively involved in her church and the school PTA groups while her children were young. She was employed at F.W.Means for many years and later worked as a cook for Christ Lutheran School in Peoria before retirement.

Reba enjoyed quilting, flower arranging, women's Bible study, sewing circles and the many road trips she took with family members. She loved family celebrations, holidays and vacations. Faith and family were the foundations of her life. Her sense of humor and quiet grace will be greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Laramie Street Baptist Church in Peoria. Pastor Bill Williams will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at her church. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to her church.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to everyone at Hospice Compassus, and especially to Jacqui Martin for her gentle care of their mother in her last months.

Online tributes and condolences may be made at


NOV 24. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)

Laramie Street Baptist Church
1611 S. Laramie St.
Peoria, IL 61605

Funeral Services

NOV 24. 11:00 AM (CST)

Laramie Street Baptist Church
1611 S. Laramie St.
Peoria, IL 61605

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