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RaLynn Beaird

RaLynn Beaird, 67, of Bartonville, formerly of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, May 5th, at her residence after a two-year battle with ALS. She was born on November 7, 1953 in Canton to Gale W. and Shirley (Davis) McNett. They both preceded her in death. RaLynn grew up in and around the Canton area and graduated from Canton High School in 1971. She married William L. “Bill” Beaird on June 20, 1981 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton. He survives along with their son, Eric M. (Kelly) Beaird of Bartonville and their daughter, Emily K. (Brent) Dean of Spring Bay. She is also survived by her three grandsons, Taylor Smith, Ethan Dean, and Aiden Dean and one sister, Dorette (Phil) Reid of Indianapolis.

RaLynn spent much of her adult life working in the food service industry beginning in high school as a waitress and culminating as the service manager at the Olive Garden in Peoria. After retiring from the Olive Garden in 2006, she began working in the floral department at Jeffrey Alans in Peoria and worked there until fully retiring in 2019.

RaLynn enjoyed crafts, antiques, and traveling with Bill. She especially enjoyed their Alaskan cruise, their trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons, and their many trips to the Smokey Mountains. Most of all she cherished the time spent with her family and attending the activities of her grandsons.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5-8 PM on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorial services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the funeral home. Pastor Alan Beuster will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow at Walnut Cemetery in Banner, IL. Memorials can be made to the ALS Association or the American Cancer Society. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. To view RaLynn’s DVD or to make online condolences you may go to


  • Patti & Bill Riley

    Reply May 5, 2021 9:07 pm

    Bill and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss RayLynn’s smile and sweet personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Holly Thum

    Reply May 6, 2021 5:49 am

    Bill & Families, So sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers. I remember how she loved being with her grandchildren. May she RIP. Sincerely, Holly Thum.

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 6:19 am

      Thanks, Holly. Those three grandsons are going to miss Grandma Ray, I am sure, and I am sure she will keep a close watch on them.

  • Dianna Harper

    Reply May 6, 2021 9:21 am

    Bill and family we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all! RIP sweet lady! I’ll say “hi” when I drive by Walnut. 💔

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 6:21 am

      Thanks Dude. I want you and Bud to take care of our girl when she gets to your neighborhood.

  • Todd Sprague

    Reply May 6, 2021 11:32 am

    Bill, just wanted to extend condolences. Prayers for you and your family.

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 6:23 am

      Thanks, Todd. It means so much to hear from old friends in times like this. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 6:25 am

      Thanks, Todd. It means so much to hear from old friends at times like this. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

  • Cathy Heckerman

    Reply May 6, 2021 12:31 pm

    Todd just shared with me about your sweet wife’s passing. You are all so special to us!! I remember how she loved you and your family.
    You are in our prayers!!
    Cathy and family

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 6:29 am

      Thank you so much, Cathy. I have such fond memories of our times as neighbors.

  • Marsha

    Reply May 6, 2021 12:48 pm

    Sending hugs and prayers of comfort to Bill, Eric, and Emily. Hug those grandbabies that Gramma RaLynn loved so dearly. Sincere sympathy to all family and friends. RaLynn touched many lives, myself and CSHS class of 1971, will forever miss our beloved classmate 😥❤

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 6:33 am

      Thanks, Marsha. I will give those boys an extra big hug. I know RaLynn enjoyed getting together with her friends from the Class of ’71.

  • Christy romine

    Reply May 6, 2021 4:40 pm

    Bill. Emily and family..i had no clue ralynn had anything wrong..iam truely sorry..this is something i didnt want to here..we kept in touch after working together at olive garden..i will always remember her..

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 8:07 pm

      Thanks, Christy. RaLynn always enjoyed working with you and visiting with you after you no longer worked together. Sorry you had to hear of her illness this way.

  • Angela Spyres

    Reply May 6, 2021 6:18 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about this.

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 8:08 pm

      Thank you, Angie. I hope that you and your family are all doing well.

  • Nan Ward

    Reply May 6, 2021 7:23 pm

    Condolences and prayers to Bill and family. RaLynn was a classmate of mine. She was so nice and a lot of fun. She loved her family so much. RaLynn will definitely be missed by all. R.I.P.

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 8:10 pm

      Thanks, Nan, for your kind words and prayers. RaLynn had so many great classmates, and we are hearing from so many of them.

  • Bill Beaird

    Reply May 7, 2021 6:12 am

    Thanks, Patti and Bill. Unfortunately we have seen too much of this death stuff recently. Thank you for your prayers.

  • Donald St. Clair

    Reply May 7, 2021 7:54 am

    So sorry for your loss; RaLynn was a special gal with her big giggly smiles and great personality. Your family and her friends were blessed that her life crossed yours.

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 7, 2021 8:01 am

      So true. We were truly blessed. We will all miss that beautiful smile. Thank you.

  • Dianna Casper

    Reply May 7, 2021 12:26 pm

    Bill and family I am so sorry for your loss of Ralynn. I will always cherish our friendship. We had such memories together from school, watching our sons bowling on Saturday mornings and the Friday nights with classmates. She organized and planned our 60th birthday party with 5 other classmates in Florida!! What a great time we had. Prayers and hugs to you and your family. RIP my dear sweet friend until we meet again.

  • William Beaird

    Reply May 7, 2021 8:14 pm

    Thanks, Dianna. RaLynn often mentioned the trip you all took for your 60th birthdays. She really enjoyed herself and the time she had with all of you. You were truly one her very dear friends. I am so glad you all had a chance to reconnect over the past 10 years, or so.

  • Mike Dugard

    Reply May 8, 2021 11:12 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Bill.
    Her notice took me back many years ago to the times we talked at Olive Garden while she worked and I waited for a table. Such a sweet soul and special lady.
    Of course my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 8, 2021 4:19 pm

      A lot of water has gone under the bridge since RaLynn’s days at the OG, but she touched the lives of so many people, both employees and patrons. It is great to hear from a former colleague. Thank you for your kind words and thoughts.

  • Suzanne Diederich

    Reply May 8, 2021 4:21 pm

    So sad to hear of RaLynn’s passing. We became friends in Jr Hi and I have fond memories of sleepovers at her house. We loved watching the Tom Jones show and swooned when he sang & danced. RaLynn was such a fun friend and even though we hadn’t been in touch much over the years, we were FB friends. She was a special, sweet gal and you all have my sympathy.

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 8, 2021 7:17 pm

      You are certainly right about her infatuation with Tom Jones. Even after we started dating, we sometimes had to wait until the Tom Jones show was over before we went out. Thanks for sharing your memories and for your sympathy.

  • Allen Smith

    Reply May 8, 2021 5:04 pm

    So sorry to hear about RaLynn’s passing. I have known her since school. She was a great lady and a good friend in High School! Prayers and sympathy for the entire family.

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 8, 2021 7:19 pm

      Thanks, Allen. It is good to hear from so many of RaLynn’s friends from school. We appreciate your kind words, prayers, and sympathy.

  • Gayle Buzzell

    Reply May 8, 2021 5:33 pm

    Bill and Family,
    We were heartbroken to hear of RaLynn’s passing and will miss her so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Gayle, Kenny, Alyson and Danielle

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 10, 2021 10:32 am

      Thanks, Gayle. RaLynn loved you, Kenny and the girls. She really enjoyed our two trips down to see you all.

  • Jason Benoit

    Reply May 9, 2021 8:50 am

    So sorry to hear about the passing of RaLynn, I enjoyed having her as a manager while I worked at Olive Garden. I was there for a couple of years starting in 2000, and she was always a pleasure to work with. I have some good, fun memories with her from those years. It’s a shame I hadn’t gotten a chance to see her on my visits back to Peoria. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 10, 2021 10:38 am

      Thanks, Jason. RaLynn had many great employees during her time at the OG, and built some lasting friendships there.

  • Kirk Ramsey

    Reply May 9, 2021 8:59 am

    Prayers for you and your family. I will always have fond memories of RaLynn taking Eric and I to Canton and visiting the Ben Franklin store. Always had a smile. Peace and much love.

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 10, 2021 10:42 am

      Thanks, Kirk. It is great to hear from people from the old neighborhood. We appreciate your kind thoughts.

  • Vicky Servis (Skinner)

    Reply May 9, 2021 3:12 pm

    So sorry, I will miss her cheery morning posts on Facebook always up beat. Grew up in the south end with her. Wonderful person and classmate. Gone too soon. 🙏🏻

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 10, 2021 10:46 am

      Thanks, Vicky. RaLynn spent a lot of time on Facebook, especially as she lost her mobility. She loved keeping contact with her friends and relatives.

  • Janice Dare Bruster

    Reply May 10, 2021 10:27 am

    It’s always difficult to lose a friend and classmate so I can only imagine how hard it is for you,Bill, and your family. I remember RaLynn from school and what a sweet person she was. May RaLynn Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 11, 2021 7:49 am

      We have heard from so many of RaLynn’s classmates, and it is just a testament as to what a special person she was. Thank you for your comments and your condolences. We truly appreciate your support.

  • Dorothy

    Reply May 10, 2021 10:29 pm

    I am so sorry. Bill,Eric and Emily you are all in my thoughts and prayers 🙏. RaLynn will be missed deeply.

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 11, 2021 12:28 pm

      She will be missed, indeed, Dorothy. I know that I miss her already. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We have received so much support from our family and friends.

  • Judy and Tom McCoy

    Reply May 12, 2021 8:03 am

    Bill, so sorry for your loss. We will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Prayers asking God to keep you in his tender care and heal your saddened hearts. I will miss RaLynn’s Facebook posts and pictures that brought back memories from long ago. She put a smile on my face many times. Love, to you and your family.

    • William Beaird

      Reply May 12, 2021 9:23 pm

      RaLynn loved her time on Facebook that allowed her to keep up with family and friends. She always strived to elicit a smile, or maybe even a chuckle, with her posts and comments. Thank you for your love and support. It means so much to all of us.

  • Cynthia Bastonero

    Reply May 12, 2021 10:11 am

    So sorry for your loss. RaLynn was a good person. She will be missed.

  • Bill Beaird

    Reply May 12, 2021 9:25 pm

    Thank you Cynthia. We are truly missing her already.

  • Tammy Dunbar Ladick

    Reply May 13, 2021 8:27 am

    I really am so sorry for your loss, to you all !! Bill,Eric,Emily and of course Kelly, Brent and the boys !! You all meant the world to her, and Bill you were her dream come true, fairy tale Husband !! I remember working and meeting her at Doc’s Mt Hawley Inn and Eric being hired as a kick but busboy, before he joined the USAF, then Olive Garden for gosh toooooo Long ……Seeing her at Jeffrey Alans, Being in sorority with her and Shirley, catching up at Bob Evans where Em was working. Lots of memories, I will miss her giggles, her radiant smile, her Irish eyes, her Happy feet when we’d go dancing after work. 🤣 one Kahlua and cream and she was go !! Memories …. May she rest in Peace with alot of Family. Your right to much of this lately. Peace be with you and your Family always. My prayers are with you all !!

    • Bill Beaird

      Reply May 13, 2021 12:16 pm

      Tammy, you and RaLynn go waaaay back. The two of you and Libby made a crazy trio back in the day. Hard to believe that the two of them are gone. So many great memories. RaLynn loved working with you whether at Doc’s or the OG. You held a special place in her heart. Thanks for all your kind words and your support.

      • Tammy Ladick

        Reply May 14, 2021 8:51 pm

        I’ll always be there for you, your children or grandkids!! Its what we do !! I’ll always be there for you, your children or grandkids!! Its what we do !!

        Just reach out Em, Your in Blo No , lunch and laughs would be fun.!!!! Eric, you and Kelly are Most Welcome to join us and celebrate a beautiful woman. and heck I’d like to meet the kids!! Your Mom adored You all so much !!! Bill of course, Unless it’s deer season, or Hunting something season !! I get it !!! …..with love , you have to allow for laughter !!!!

  • Cindy Sandall

    Reply May 14, 2021 9:45 am

    Sending you all so many hugs and love. RaLynn was such a shining star in so many ways, and I will miss popping in to see her and getting that smile and hug. Thank you for sharing her with me and letting me be a part of her life and getting to see the joy and love you all brought to her life. She never smiled bigger than when she was talking about all of you. Love you all!

  • Jodi Yocum

    Reply May 14, 2021 1:31 pm

    RaLynn was such a nice person :). She always looked like she was enjoying herself and was fun to visit with on family vacation visits :). We’re sorry for your loss and everyone that was lucky enough to have known her.

  • Maria Diaz

    Reply May 18, 2021 9:04 am

    My deepest most heartfelt sympathies to RaLynn’s family. I knew her from when she was a bartender at Chi Chi’s. I’m so very sorry for your loss. What a sweet person she was. May the memories you shared, help you through the most difficult days ahead. I will always remember her sweet smile.

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