Mary Louise, nee Been, Church, 89, of Belleville, IL; formerly of Marissa, IL; born August 13, 1923 in Marissa, IL; passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at St. Paul’s Home in Belleville, IL.
Mrs. Church was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of both Marissa and Fairview Heights, IL. Mary loved to sing and was well known for lending her voice for occasions such as wedding and funerals. She was an avid gardener and spent many loving hours tending to her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her parents Everett and Agnes, nee Blank, Been. 5 brothers – Charles Been; James Been; Frank Been; Rolland Been; Bill Been. 5 sisters – Lorene Morse; Dorothy McGill; Florence Incze; Kathryn Gregory; Patsy Hubbard.
She is survived by her husband Joe Church whom she married on March 17, 1945 at Scott Air Force Base. Her son David (Pati) Church of Swansea, IL. 2 grandsons – David (Jamie) Church of O’Fallon, IL; Jason (Demeka) Church of Franklin, TN. Her great grandchildren – Jakob, Camden, Hudson. 1 brother – Ray (Ruth) Been of Mulvane, KS.
The Church Family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Paul’s Nursing Home for the excellent care Mary received during her stay there.
Memorials may be made to Passages Hospice or the American Alzheimer’s Association.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, Illinois on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00am to 12:00noon.
Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, Illinois on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:00noon with Rev. Jim Wiens officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held in Marissa Township Cemetery.