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Ila J. Lankey March 29, 1927 - June 15, 2009

WILLMAR -- Ila Jean Lankey, 82, of Willmar, died Monday at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

The service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. A private burial will be at Union Cemetery in Atwater.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.

She was born March 29, 1927, in Atwater to Orbin and Grace (Ferguson) Rear. She grew up and helped on the family farm northwest of Atwater. She attended District 27 School near Diamond Lake and graduated from Atwater High School in 1945.

She married Charles Lankey in 1947. They lived in Appleton, Norcross, Herman and Graceville. They later moved to a farm near Grove City and to Willmar in 2005.

She is survived by her husband; her daughter: Carol Pelvit of Breckenridge; three grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.