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Winifred R. Hightower

July 3, 1935 ~ April 24, 2019 (age 83)



  Winifred R. “Winnie” “Missy” Hightower, 83, of Normal passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Bloomington.

  Funeral services will be at 12:00 P.M. Monday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.  Rev. Rodney Kreier will officiate.

  Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. Monday at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.

  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Streator.  Pallbearers will be grandsons Clinton Hightower, Bob Hightower, Stephen Hightower, Danny Hightower, Tyler Hightower and Ryan Hightower

  Born July 3, 1935 in Paducah, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Laverne (Banks) Duncan.

  She married Roberson Hightower on September 22, 1956.  He preceded her in death on June 4, 2016.

  She is survived by daughters, Sharon Tolbert of Normal, Yvonne Hightower of Peoria, Gloria Williams of Bloomington and Karen Hightower of Bloomington; sons, Jesse (Mary) Hightower of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Craig (QuoVadis) Hightower of Peoria, Neil (Ellen) Hightower of Bloomington and Allen (Chris) Hightower of Normal; 20 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild; sisters, Dyan Tyler of Hampton, Georgia and Dorene Wade of Streator; a brother, Dean (Sandy) Duncan of Streator; many nieces, nephews also survive.

  She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Darlene Washington.

  Raised in Streator, she attended Streator Grade Schools and graduated from Streator High School.

  She worked as a telephone operator for GTE for many years in Streator and Bloomington.

  She was of the Baptist faith. 

  She loved sewing and quilting, was an avid card player, loved reading, music, movies, game shows and cooking for her family.

  Memorials may be directed to the American Parkinson Disease Association.

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April 29, 2019

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Solon-Telford Funeral Home
301 S. Park St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

Funeral Service
April 29, 2019

12:00 PM
Solon-Telford Funeral Home
301 S. Park St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

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