Per her wishes, cremation rites were accorded. She will be buried in Glendale Memorial Park, Pekin, Ill.
Mary was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Peoria, the daughter of George and Julia Scrimger Champion. She married Eldon W. Eller on Sept. 10, 1944, in Pekin, Ill. He preceded her in death in 2010.
She was a salesperson for CAT, Bergners, Wards, Silvis Hy-Vee and also sold Avon. She liked to read, crafts, sewing, walking and bicycling. Mary enjoyed volunteering for various organizations. She enjoyed texting her granddaughters and loved the computer. She always liked new technology. For her 70th birthday, she took a hot air balloon ride!
She is survived by her son, William Eller, Chicago; daughters, Penny (Daniel) Van Zile, O'Hallandale Beach, Fla., Linda (Larry) Sorenson, Clarion, Iowa, Kathleen (Jerry) Hathaway, Geneseo; grandchildren, Katherine Van Zile, Elizabeth (Jeff) Gillespie, Eric Sorenson, Ryan (Candi) Sorenson, Kimberly Hathaway, Kelly Hathaway; great-grandson, Ben Gillespie; and great-granddaughters, Sophia Gillespie and Chloe Sorenson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her younger sister and a younger brother.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.sullivanellisltd.com.
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