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November 19, 1935 ~ March 10, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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On Friday, March 10, 2023, an angel gained her wings when our good Lord delivered Mom to her heavenly home. At the age of 87, Mary has struggled with various chronic illnesses and with the help of her daughter, Sue, was able to maintain her independence at home which is where she passed.
Mary was born November 19, 1935, the daughter of Lowell and Mildred Davis, who preceded her in death as well as siblings Lowell Davis Jr and Doreen Fitzgibbon.
Surviving are her 4 children, David (Dianne Noland) Negangard, St. Joseph, Jody (Doug) Reifsteck, Tolono, Susan (George) Lawrence Sidney and Daniel Negangard, Catlin. Her family also includes 10 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild. Surviving siblings include Barbara Bonnell, Sidney, George Davis, Texas, Alice Hayes, of Woodstock and Linda Allen, Crawfordsville, Indiana. Mary has also been blessed with numerous Nieces and Nephews.
Always a working Mom, she still found time to be a room mother, coach softball, drive kids to practice and never missed any of our special events. Mary was employed at Sidney Grain Company as a bookkeeper for many years. She then moved on to Burnham City Hospital for multiple years in the accounting office. Eventually she joined the Circuit Clerks Office for Champaign County. It was from there she retired.
Mom was quite a cook, fixing Sunday dinner for all of us every Sunday until she couldn’t anymore. Known mostly for her pies. She loved to garden and you could always find her there or sitting on her deck. The neighborhood birds who frequented her many feeders year round will miss her almost as much as we will. She was a avid Illini fan. An accomplished seamstress many have been gifted one of her beautiful quilts. It was very apparent that Mary had an immense love of family as she always enjoyed talking about and visiting with her large family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday March 14, 2023 at Freese Funeral Home 202 W. Main St. Sidney. Rev. Jeff Stahl will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sidney. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.