Mary Louise (Cerv) Browning

April 16, 1936November 10, 2020

PEKIN ~ Mary Louise Browning, 84, of Pekin, passed away at 9:07 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Pekin Manor.

Born April 16, 1936 in Leigh, Nebraska to Joseph and Ethel (Lauda) Cerv, she married Basil Browning on November 14, 1992. He passed away on September 13, 2013. She also was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Alice Pokorney.

Surviving are two daughters, Amy (Paul) Mink of Pekin and Pam (Tom Corbet) King of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one son, Paul (Christine Maldonado) King of Utah; one stepson, Scott (Kathy) Browning of Fisher; one stepdaughter, Judy (Mike) O’Neil of Leroy; three grandchildren, Olivia Mink, Andrea Corbet, Mabel King; one brother, Robert (Sharon) Cerv; and one sister, Dorothy (Leroy) Ditter.

Mary worked at Hicksgas for many years as their office manager.

Mary was a member of First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin, the Pekin Hospital League and Altrusa International of Pekin.

She enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a very generous person and will be missed by all who knew her.

A visitation celebrating Mary's life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2020 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory Pekin. Guidelines regarding social distancing and masks will apply. There will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 614 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

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Adolph Stepan

November 25, 2020

My mother took a picture of cousin Mary and I together when we were about 2 or 3, hugging each other. Mary was always that kind of person. When we saw her last in Pekin, she was still the same, even made coffee for our visit.

David Taylor

November 16, 2020

Mary was one of the first ladies to introduce herself to me at the Pekin church. I will always remember her smile. It was so hard to see her lose her memory, but when family brought her to church she still had beautiful smile.

Gail and I are quarentined after being exposed so we could not attend the visitation. I would like to pass on some family tree information I have gathered. I would appreciate it if her daughter Amy would contact me by email. - David Taylor

Marlene Sellers

November 14, 2020

Rest In Peace, dear cousin. I will never forget the times we shared and will cherish the memories always. Love you.

Gerry Ballinger

November 13, 2020

I worked with Mary for 15 years at Hicksgas. She was a great person and loved her family.

Sue Kyle

November 12, 2020

Dear Family,
I knew Mary from our Altrusa Club. What a lovely caring woman! I remember her fondly.
Take Care and Be Well.
Sue Kyle


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