1944 - 2019
Karan Elizabeth (Aleshire) Hurst, 74, of Montevallo, Ala., formerly of central Illinois, passed away on Nov. 29, 2018, at home in Montevallo.
She was born to the late-Edwin and Elizabeth (Peacock) Aleshire on Jan. 12, 1944.
Karan is preceded in death by her sister, Laura Gayle Aleshire.
Karan is survived by two daughters, Alicia “Ali” (Alan, deceased) Hubbard and Julie McKinney; three grandchildren, Chloe, 16 years old, Parker, 15, and Lauren, 13; her sister Christine Aleshire of Peoria; brothers Steven Aleshire (Diane) of Pekin and David Aleshire of Manito; and numerous loving relatives and friends.
Karan was a long-time resident of central Illinois. She attended Pekin Community High School, graduating with the class of 1961. She was a dedicated employee throughout her career with the Pekin School District, Caterpillar Inc., Tazewell County and eventually the state of Illinois. She was an active member of the community, whether it was volunteering at her daughters’ schools or helping with fundraisers for various charitable organizations. She was a past member of DAR.
In 2005, Karan retired to Alabama, where she could be near her daughters and grandchildren, making many dear friends there as was her usual way. Karan had a fine appreciation for art and found the beauty in life, enjoying not only the big moments but the small ones as well. She was a true optimist as anyone who remembers her bright smile and contagious laughter can attest to.
Karan loved people and making meaningful connections with others. Her integrity was unsurpassed.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 101 Holiday St., East Peoria. Please join us for refreshments as we gather to share our favorite memories of Karan and a life well lived.