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Obituary- Wanda Menton

Wanda K. Wilkinson Menton, 57, of Union, Ill., passed away in January 2004. She is survived by her husband, Harry Menton; a son, Harry J. Menton; and a brother, Joseph (Claudia) Wilkinson. She was the daughter of L.J. and the late Dr. Josephine Earlywine Wilkinson.

Menton's love for horses started early. She began showing as a junior exhibitor and took Profit's Beautiful to wins at the Chicago International and the Illinois State Fair, and to the top three at Lexington under the direction of Ben Sagalla. Menton also had Star Heart's Black Orchid and Rooster Butterfly, who won at Louisville, Kansas City and appeared in the winner's circle at several major shows with Sam Davis.

Menton's parents purchased and built Peacock Farm in Union, Ill., where they began a breeding operation. They had mares like Empress Wing, who was injured and then later produced CH Imperator. Imperator was sold as a two-year-old to Don Harris. Peacock Farms also produced a full sister to CH Imperator, Freedom Song as well as Longview's Paladin. The breeding program grew to include several studs which they stood themselves in addition to their 80 mares.

Over the years, Menton worked with trainers Ed Millet, Bruce Coughenower, Jan Larkin and Dick Obenauf.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 143 First St., Batavia, IL 60510.

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