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Ellen Camille Ricci, 60, of Peru passed away Feb. 14, 2013, in her home.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 in Mueller-Pagani Funeral Home, La Salle, with the Rev. Dale Pederson, pastor of First Congregational Church in Peru officiating. Burial will follow at Peru City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 9:30 until the time of services Feb. 28 in the funeral home. In honor of Ellen’s love for her horse, Yankee Doodle, the family suggests blue jeans and cowboy boots for attire.
Ellen was born March 5, 1952, in Peru to Albert and Evelyn (Munro) Ricci. She graduated from La Salle-Peru Township High School and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a computer systems manager at Carus Corp. for 24 years until retiring in 2008. She was a member of NRA and the Quarter Horse Association. She enjoyed time spent at Punkin Acre Paints stable with her horse.
She is survived by her sister Susan (Mark) Herbstrith of rural Utica and her horse, Yankee Doodle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Tom Ricci in 1998; and her beloved dog, Corkey on Jan. 25, 2013.
Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
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Many think that when a quiet, private, loving person passes that no one remembers or cares. We do. We celebrate Ellen's incredible intelligence, (she was a James scholar, among other recognitions) deep love and understanding of animals, and compassionate care for all she encountered. She held the gentle peaceful energies of love and truth deep in her heart for all, and demonstrated the beauty of the egoless. She is a bright light that has transitioned on her next journey. Blessings to all who really knew her and share her reserved care for all.
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