Mary Frances Courtright

November 29, 1939October 4, 2021

PEKIN ~ Mary Frances Courtright, 81, of Pekin, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Monday, October 4, 2021 at her home.

Born November 29, 1939 in Peoria, she was the daughter of Charley and Viola (Broach) Payne. Her parents preceded her in death. She also was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Payne and two sisters, Esther Williamson and Laverne Strange.

Surviving are two daughters, Monica Paulsell and Julie Courtright, both of Pekin; one son, Paul Courtright, Jr. of Farmington, Missouri; four grandchildren, Amy Landry, Jessica Courtright, Richard Paulsell and Ross Bradshaw; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was a 1957 graduate of Pekin Community High School.

Mary worked for the Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds for more than 20 years, retiring in 2005.

She was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and enjoyed baking, bowling and playing cards.

Her graveside service will be in 4 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021 at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin. The Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 4234 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614.

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Theresa Williamson

October 22, 2021

My Aunt Mary❤️ The last sibling on my mom’s side of the family to pass. I pray that your soul is in the safe hand’s of our Heavenly Father where I know you will be at peace. Say “hi” to my mom and dad, until the day we will all see each other again .
With treasured memories,
Theresa Williamson

Julie Courtright

October 13, 2021

Goodbye Mama......i loved you so much and a day didn't pass when I didn't talk to or see you. You were my rock and generously helped me in my needs. I love you Mama......

Ed and Vicki Hall

October 11, 2021

Mary. What a great woman! She always welcomed Cody and me into her home and family. I loved her very much. I wore her belly dancing outfit for Halloween one time. Monica was a very good friend of mine. I’m so sorry for Monica and family. Love and prayers.

faye jackson

October 10, 2021

M ary was a funny lady and so helpful when recording. Her family and friends will miss her. So sad to lose her.

Lori Fraboni

October 7, 2021

So very sad. Many memories our families shared through the years. I have my own very special memories with my Aunt Mary aka Mare from the time I was very young. Much love and deepest sympathy to Monica, Julie and Paul and their families. ♥️

Donna Zimmerman

October 6, 2021

Aunt Mary- Always happy, always laughing, and always picking on my poor Cubs! I will miss you so much!

Debra Dissman

October 5, 2021

We will miss you Aunt Mary....our "fun" aunt and to my cousins Monica , Julie and Paul and your families

Connie Dudley

October 5, 2021

With my deepest sympathies Monica, Julie, Paul & family.. I always loved going over to your house when we were young. Your mom was always so kind❤ & always had a welcoming smile❤ you all are in my prayers