OBITUARY

Mary J. Frye

April 5, 1943March 10, 2019
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Mary J. Frye, 75, of East Peoria, Illinois, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 10, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 5, 1943 in Sevierville, Tennessee to Clarence and Edna (King) Fancher. She married Donald Bruce Frye on January 26, 1963 in Sevierville, Tennessee. He preceded her in death on January 6, 1991 in Metamora, Illinois. She later married Jerry Howell February 14, 1998 in Washington, Illinois. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2004 in Peoria, Illinois. Mary is survived by four children, Laureen (Anthony) Perkins of East Peoria, Illinois, Michael (Terri) Frye of Morton, Illinois, Jody (Brian) Kenyon of Knoxville, Tennessee and Melinda (Reed) Cooling of East Peoria, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Brandon Kenyon, Daniel (Brittany) Huling, Abby Frye, Erika Frye, Brianna Kenyon, David Perkins, Savanna Cooling and Rhett Cooling; two great grandchildren, Greyson and Saylor Kenyon; one brother, Charles (Gail) Fancher of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; two sisters, JoAnne (James W.) Whaley of Sevierville, Tennessee and Nancy Hamrick of Cedartown, Georgia. She has many nieces and nephews. Mary worked for many years as an administrative assistant at Bay View Baptist Church and later at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. She was an accomplished pianist and always enjoyed working in her yard. She loved being with her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Bay View Baptist Church since 1967. The family appreciates the excellent care of Dr. Frances Geoffroy, Illinois Cancer Care and OSF Hospice. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Bay View Baptist Church. The Rev. Keith Thibo will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. Memorials may be made to Bay View Baptist Church or to Illinois Cancer Care. You may create an online condolence at www.RemmertFuneralHome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Clarence Fancher, Father
  • Edna (King) Fancher, Mother
  • Donald Bruce Frye, Spouse
  • Jerry Howell, Spouse
  • Laureen (Anthony) Perkins, Children
  • Michael (Terri) Frye, Children
  • Jody (Brian) Kenyon, Children
  • Melinda (Reed) Cooling, Children
  • Brandon Kenyon, Grandchildren
  • Daniel (Brittany) Huling, Grandchildren
  • Abby Frye, Grandchildren
  • Erika Frye, Grandchildren
  • Brianna Kenyon, Grandchildren
  • David Perkins, Grandchildren
  • Savanna Cooling, Grandchildren
  • Rhett Cooling, Grandchildren
  • Greyson and Saylor Kenyon, Great Grandchildren
  • Charles (Gail) Fancher, Brother
  • JoAnne (James W.) Whaley, Sister
  • Nancy Hamrick, Sister
  • Many nieces and nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brandon Kenyon
  • Daniel Huling
  • Abby Frye
  • Erika Frye
  • Brianna Kenyon
  • David Perkins
  • Savanna Cooling
  • Rhett Cooling

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial
REMEMBERING

Mary J. Frye

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Jackie White

March 14, 2019

When Mary greeted me at church....a handshake was never enough....she gave me a hug. One special lady Mary and friend until we meet again I'll never forget her.

Bonny & Tom Parrot

March 14, 2019

Mary was a great neighbor. She was a quiet soft spoken lady. Always pleasant to speak with and would wave in passing.
Gods peace to all her family and love ones. She will be missed.

Jon & Vicki Gillespie

March 13, 2019

Always enjoyed talking to Mary when ever we met outside, in the yard, etc. She was so friendly and welcomed us when moving into the neighborhood back in 2011, She was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed very much.
God bless Mary and her family.

Steve Thompson

March 13, 2019

I still recall how gracious and welcoming Don and Mary were to my family when we moved here to Peoria. Mary and Don were great examples of what it means to live the Christian life. My wife and I will always remember her sweet spirit. May God bless and comfort the family with the reassurance of a coming reunion.

Karen Weir

March 12, 2019

Mary had such a sweet spirit. We went to church together. She had a smile on her face all the time. She was a sweet blessing to all who had a chance to know her.

Virginia Hale

March 12, 2019

I will always remember Mary's sweet spirit, and her beautiful smile, her kind gentle soft spoken ways.

Joey Watt

March 12, 2019

I often called Bayview Baptist Church as a neighboring pastor. Mary answered the phone with her gentle southern accent, and a warm “Hello, Brother Watt.” I am thankful to have counted her a friend. God bless her family.

Dick Mottor

March 11, 2019

Mary was a wonderful lady to work with at the Remmert Funeral Home. She was kind to everyone and I never heard her speak an unkind word about any other individual. We shared our faith together and always enjoyed talking about various church activities. To her family, I wish to express my sincere sympathy and sorrow to learn of her home going. Mary shared her faith and was never ashamed to let people know that she was a Christian. May the many pleasant memories you share comfort you in the days ahead and rest assured "Absent from the body is Present with the Lord.

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