Davison-Fulton/Bartonville Chapel

1203 West Garfield Ave, Bartonville, IL


Mary J. Adele (Baer) Durham

March 25, 1927March 22, 2020

Peoria – Mary J. Adele (Baer) Durham, 92, of Eureka, formerly of Peoria, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020 at The Loft Rehabilitation and Nursing in Eureka. She was born on March 25, 1927 in Peoria, a daughter of James Anderson and Lottie (Saunders) Baer. She married Richard W. Durham on June 29, 1957 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on December 24, 1999 in Peoria.

Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and four sisters. She is survived by her brother, Lawrence E. Baer, Sr. of Eureka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary always had a smile and something good for kids. Mary’s kindness and good cheer will always be remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews. She was a crafter and made and sold crafts at sales in the area for years.

Mary’s graveside service will be private at Smithville Cemetery in rural Hanna City. Pastor Lyall Sutton will officiate. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel will be handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to Mary’s family at www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Robin Whitaker

April 5, 2020

I grew up on Tower Road with Mary and Dick living down the road. Memories of them both are only good. Always a kind word. Mary was such a giving person. She gave me the most precious thing.. her time. She would listen to me talk and talk. Together they were helping raise every kid on the street. How many ballgames were played in their lot?!! Love Mary. Her and Dick are together again. Peace to her family. Robin (Grace) Whitaker

Paula Burgin

April 5, 2020

I knew Mary my whole life. She was very kind and loved all of us kids on her street so much. She loved to tell you a story and visit. Love you Mary.. R. I. P


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