Mary Alice Edwards
September 17, 1928 – July 30, 2019
Mary Alice Edwards, 90, of Peoria, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at her home surrounded by family.
She was born September 17, 1928 in Aledo, IL to Richard and Alice (Cabeen) Edwards.
Surviving are her four children, Christina (Bob) Fidler of Cuba and Adele (Daniel) Smyczynski of St. Augustine, FL, Brent Armstrong of Corpus Christi, TX and Dwight Armstrong of Machesney Park, IL; nine grandchildren, Michelle Powers, Travis Smyczynski, Jacob Fidler, Janel Fidler, Kyle Armstrong, Ashley Kramer, Jeremy Scritchfield, Becca Brown and Matt Smyczynski; twelve great-grandchildren, and one sister Gertrude VanTine of Monmouth, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers David and Richard C. Edwards, one sister Jane Kenney and one grandson, Forest Powers.
Mary Alice graduated from Illinois State University with a Master's Degree in Biology. She worked as an Associate Professor at Illinois Central College until retiring in 1994. She volunteered with the Proctor Hospital Auxiliary Group and was a member of the Unity Church in Peoria.
Mary Alice loved to travel the world, enjoyed reading, gardening, camping, hiking and spending time with her family and church community.
Cremation will be accorded and a celebration of life service will be at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Unity Church in Peoria. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Burial of the urn will be at Candor Cemetery in Aledo at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Unity Church. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.davison-fulton.com.
- Richard and Alice (Cabeen) Edwards, Parents
- Christina (Bob) Fidler, Daughter
- Adele (Daniel) i Smyczynsk, Daughter
- Brent Armstrong, Son
- Dwight Armstrong, Son
- Michelle Powers, Travis Smyczynski, Jacob Fidler, Janel Fidler, Kyle Armstrong, Ashley Kramer, Jeremy Scritchfield, Becca Brown and Matt Smyczynski, Grandchildren
- Twelve Great-children
- Gertrude VanTine, Sister
- Mary was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers David and Richard C. Edwards, one sister Jane Kenney and one grandson, Forest Powers.
- Unity Church
Celebration of Life
Unity Church of Peoria
Mary Alice Edwards
August 14, 2019
Mary Alice was a wonderful teacher and human being. She always went the extra mile for her students and colleagues. ICC is a better place because she shared her talents with so many. So sorry to hear of her passing.
mary alice edwards
August 8, 2019
It was an honor to work with Mary Alice in the Illinois Central College Dental Hygiene Program. She was truly dedicated to the success of the students; she spent many hours beyond her regular teaching assignment to assist the students. She had so many qualities that contributed to the Program it is not possible to enumerate all of them. She epitomized the term "teacher" in every sense of the word. Jerry Servie