January 18, 1946 - August 25, 2019
Ernestine Rutherford, 73, of Peoria, IL transitioned peacefully from this life August 25, 2019 at 7:50pm at Aperion Villa in Morton after a gradual health decline. Ernestine was born in Pocahontas, TN to Ella B. (Parks) and Ellis Rutherford and raised in Blue Mountain, MS. She moved to Peoria, Il in 1965. Ernestine is survived by three daughters, Sharon Bradford and Robin Rutherford both of Peoria, IL; one grandson, Vincel O’Brien Banks; and four great – grandchildren. Ernestine is also survived by one sister, Lillie Mae (John) Edgeston of Ripley, MS;one brother, Joseph Morris (Naomi) Rutherford of New Albany, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Mrs. Emma Jean Rutherford. Ernestine, affectionately called “E”, was a woman of conviction, courage, and conscience. She had a zest for life and shared this perspective to all those she encountered. She was not one to stifle her voice, but her words were always truthful and poignant. Throughout her life, Ernestine was an avid fisherwoman, enjoyed the fellowship of bingo, a dynamic domino player, and somewhat of a card shark. Her legacy was multi-dimensional. Ernestine’s dedication and commitment to her children was legendary. “E” also imprinted on children regardless of the biological lineage. Her love was genuine and expansive enough to share with all those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with this loving and gracious soul. Ernestine was also known for her unique and vibrant fashion sense. Her love of old school R&B songs by artist such as Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Al Green, and Motown Sound was an important part of her essence. She loved to share her Southern cooking skills to all those that were lucky enough to be invited or who invited themselves to her holiday dinners. She loved her flowers especially lilies and peonies for their fragrance and beauty they bought to her life. As we celebrate Ernestine’s homegoing, we pause to say “Thank You” for God’s grace for her peaceful transition to the heavens above. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM on August 31, 2019 at Simons Mortuary with a visitation at 9 AM. Ernestine will be laid to rest at Swan Lake Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peoria Tri-County Urban League's TSTM Program. Simons Mortuary has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at simonsmortuary.com.
Ernestine Rutherford, 73, of Peoria, IL transitioned peacefully from this life August 25, 2019 at 7:50pm at Aperion Villa in Morton after a gradual health decline. Ernestine was born in Pocahontas, TN to Ella B. (Parks) and Ellis Rutherford... View Obituary & Service Information
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