The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 29, 2013

Raylee Jo Pearson

The Commercial-News

---- — Our little Princess, Raylee Jo Pearson, 2 days old, went to be with the Lord on Friday. Oct. 25, 2013. Raylee was born Oct. 23, 2013, the daughter of Dustin Pearson and Kendra Jo Tucker.

Raylee is survived by her mom and dad, Dustin and Kendra Jo of Georgetown; grandparents, Dana and Nancy Pearson of Georgetown, and Ken and Jennifer Tucker of Ridge Farm; great-grandparents, Jean Ann Pearson of Georgetown, Bonnie Rae Smith of Westville and Jessie Tucker of Ridge Farm; aunts, Amber and Ashley Pearson, both of Georgetown, Krista Tucker of Ridge Farm and Jenna Baity of Westville; uncles, Nathan Pearson of Georgetown, Ken Robert Tucker Jr. and Jessie Tucker, both of Ohio; cousins, Kaytlynn Bray, Kaiden Barnes, Ostin Merchant, Carson Collom and Olivia Pearson. She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Joseph R. and Vivian M. Boggess, Bill R. Pearson, Chris Tucker and Danny Baity.

Raylee Jo was born six weeks premature on Oct. 23. The time was 7:40 p.m. She weighed 4 pounds and 5 ounces. She was 15 inches long. She was the answer to her parents’ prayers. They were selfless enough to give her the chance at life even after knowing of her fatal diagnosis, anencephaly. Raylee exceeded everyone’s expectations by far. After two days, her family was beyond excited to bring their princess home from the hospital. She was expected to survive only for a few minutes. She was her parent’s little fighter.

Raylee Jo was a very happy baby. She was always smiling and was very vocal. During Raylee’s brief time on earth, she enjoyed meeting all of her family and friends, and being held close by her mommy and daddy. She touched many hearts before she was even born and made a huge impact on our community.

She was loved by all who met her, and will be greatly missed.

A visitation will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Chapel, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. with Rev. Gary Farris officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.

Memorial donations may be made to the Raylee Jo Pearson Memorial Fund at any First Financial Bank location to help find a cure for anencephaly. Please join Raylee’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of her life through her tribute wall at

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