OBITUARY

Mary Alyce Alyce Faith

January 3, 1936December 24, 2017

Mary Alyce Faith, 81, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Oakview Heights Continuous Care in Mt. Carmel. She was born January 3, 1936 in West Salem, the daughter of Thomas Eugene “Gene” and Dorothy Bratton Rodgers. The family moved to Allendale in 1942 where Mary Alyce began first grade moving to second grade during her first year of school and graduating from Allendale High School in 1953.

She began working at the First National Bank in Allendale at age 17 while a senior in high school and was employed there for 54 years, retiring in 2007 after 54 years of service.

Mary Alyce was a voracious reader and amassed quite a library. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics and creating various crafts over the years. She most enjoyed being able to give her family, friends and acquaintances many of the items she had made. She was very generous to her family and friends and those that needed help.

She is survived by her children, Michael Faith of Hill City, SD; Karen Mundy of Mt. Carmel, Mark Faith and wife, Jennifer of Morrisville, VT; granddaughters, Rhiannon Faith and Reilly and Alexis Faith and two great-granddaughters, Linzi and Madlyn; and sister, Jean Borg and husband, Harold of Aurora, IL. She was predeceased by her parents, sister, Dora Sue Rodgers and husband, Bill Faith.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home in Allendale. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in the Allendale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Allendale Educational Fund, PO Box 130, Allendale, IL 62410. Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at www.ingramfh.net

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 27, 2017
  • Funeral Thursday, December 28, 2017
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February 1, 2018

I came to Allendale to live in March of 1945 and met MaryAlice the first week of my residency. My brother John and I had come to live with our grandparents and that first week Dorothy invited us to come play at the Roger's apartment above the furniture store. I think she and our Grandma collaborated on that invitation! And that's the day we met Susie(Thuthie)who happened to be John's age while I was six months younger than MaryAlice. From that day forward the four of us became playmates, companions, and eventually close friends. It felt almost like we were family.Gene and Dorothy were always so friendly and welcoming of John and I and we spent a lot of time with them as well. John and I spent Saturdays and school holidays playing with those two wonderful playmates.We were town kids and we quickly discovered that there weren't too many of us so we were very fortunate to come to know them as well as we did. After all, we'd moved to Allendale from Chicago and apartment living and had not had anyone to play with but one another. It seemed like we practically lived there and would regularly make plans as to what we were going to do after school and on the weekends. Mary had been "double promoted" and was going to be a year ahead of me when I started attending Allendale Grade School in the fall of 1945. Our first four months in Allendale I attended Lancaster School where our Grandfather was a teacher and the principal. John, like Susie, was not yet attending school. So the four of us were like siblings, playing together regularly and Mary's and my friendship grew and prospered. I could write a book about her intelligence, her sense of humor, and her kindness and acceptance of me as a friend. That relationship lasted in that manner for almost five years when John and I moved away to Iowa. After six months we returned to Allendale; the school year already being in swing. I think I expected that my relationship with Mary would pick up again as if I'd never left, but I was forgetting that during my 8th grade year, Mary had gone upstairs to become a high school student and our special relationship began to change. After all, I was downstairs in Mr. Stoltz's class and she was a freshman. So when we returned in Nov. of 1951 she was already a sophistocated sophomore and I a lowly freshman. She was always friendly to me but our lives had taken different paths. She was the first BF I ever had and as time went on I'm sure that we'd have become BFF's, but once she was in high school,the distance between us was too great. So each of us went on with our lives but I'll never forget my dear, dear best friend, MaryAlyce Rogers who made a sad and lonely little girl's life much happier.

My condolences to her children, grandchildren and other family members and friends who knew her well as the good and kind, loving woman she became.

Harriett Baczynski, San Jose, CA

Richard Smith

January 5, 2018

A very nice, sweet, lady. I met her at the bank while passing through Allendale. She was always very helpful and kind. Richard B. Smith (Smiths Grove, KY)

Barbara McGill

January 1, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort for this most difficult time.

Debbie Havill

December 29, 2017

I worked with Mary Alyce for several years! Had the joy of being able to visit with her at the nursing home. Really enjoyed my time with her.

Sue Alice (Shank)

December 28, 2017

"A lifetime of memories and friendship since the day I met Mary Alyce on our first day of school in the 4th grade at the old Allendale grade school, in the fall of 1944. How I will miss our long conversations and the sharing of the many things we've had in common over all these years. And to all her family, you will remain always in my thoughts and prayers.

Patricia Crites

December 27, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss... Steve and I always enjoy chatting with Mary Alice st the bank and when we would see her out...She had such outgoing personality and a cat lover like me..She will be miss.....

Eloise Hughes

December 27, 2017

I worked with Mary Alyce for many years and we were very good friends. I am thinking of you all.

kathy moss

December 27, 2017

Our sympathies to Mary Alice's family. May she rest in peace. Kathy & Don Moss

Laura Trimble

December 26, 2017

My condolences to her Family.

I remember Her as Mary Alice, the bank teller who greeted with a smile, her quick wit and dry sense of humor, the twinkle in her eyes, that raised eyebrow, punctuated with a head tilt, when she wanted to get her point across. Such a Gracious Lady. Laura Smith Trimble RN