The "Dee-Dee" Sonandres Scholarship Fund
“Dee-Dee”, as she was known by her many friends, and “mom” to her loved ones, had one final wish the week before her stroke: to provide a college fund for needy Hispanic students. Her main love was Peoria High School but students in the other district schools have her heart as well. Mom is a legend in the Peoria District. Her sons are still in contact with those adults now, many who remember her as their beloved kindergarten teacher. They speak with those who remember her visiting the poorest of areas, helping those in need the most. Her fluency in Spanish was unparalleled and she spent summers teaching the language in colleges. Her kindness and love of children was a gift from the angels. She had a presence radiating love and giving making those in her presence feel very special. If there’s one word heard over and over again describing “Dee Dee”, that word is “kindness”. Those receiving the assistance will honor Dee Dee by keeping that inside their hearts with whatever path their lives take them.
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