Marsheneal (Pealer)Townsend passed away peacefully at 9:07am on February 28, 2021 at home. She was 94 years young. Marsheneal was born on January 8, 1927 in Champaign, IL to William and Mattie Pealer. She retired from University of Illinois after more than 35 years of service which 30 years was spent working at the Law Library. During this time, she completed training as a Paralegal. Her favorite recreational pastime was shopping, walking, and movies.
Marsheneal is survived by her three children: Terry, Marsha Kay and Danny Townsend. Marek, Danay, and Derek Townsend are among the 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Her nieces, Marlene Washington-Largo, Doris Pealer, Sara and Joseph Mark Hoffee, and Janet Jackson. Special relatives are Lorraine Boyd, Valerie Pointer, Lisa Jenkins, and Tiffany Osby.
Marsheneal was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters: Yonafavue Pealer and Marguerite Mays, and her brothers: William, Morris, Charles and James Pealer alongside her nephews Kenny, Charles, and Kurt Pealer.
A Celebration of Life will commence at 12PM, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 1215 West Bradley Ave., Urbana, IL. A visitation will begin at 10AM until the start of the service. Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Due to CDC Regulations, attendance restrictions will be enforced, social distancing, and wearing of masks will be required.
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