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Mary D. Comerford

February 26th, 1954 — July 9th, 2022

Mary D. Comerford, 68, formerly of Taylorville, passed away Saturday, July 9th, 2022, at her home in Tiskilwa, Ill., surrounded by family.

She was born February 26th, 1954, at Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill., the daughter of Arlin and Phyllis (Zemke) Farthing. Mary married Merritt E. Comerford, of Pana, Ill., on August 21st, 1972, at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, Ill. He survives. She is also survived by her loving children: Cara Comerford Willems (Todd) of Coal Valley, Ill., and Matthew Comerford (Jenny) of Princeton; three step-grandsons: Gabe, Sam, and Jake Willems, one granddaughter, a.k.a. the apple of her eye, Jovy M. Comerford, one sister, Sally Dickerson (Tom) of Trilla, Ill., two sisters-in-law: Nancy Drury of Sullivan, Ill., and Debbie Derrington of St. Peters, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Richard A. Farthing.

Mary graduated from Taylorville High School in 1972. She retired from Italvibras USA Inc., located in Princeton, in May 2016. Prior to Italvibras, she worked at Champion in Princeton for 28 years. She was a fiercely proud and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed a lifelong love of reading and was a frequent guest of the public library. Mary also enjoyed going to the beach, collecting seashells, gardening with her husband, running, decorating for Halloween, and visiting with friends and family.

In accordance with Mary’s wishes, there will not be a visitation or public service. She was cremated and a memorial ceremony for immediate family will be held at a later date.

In honor of Mary’s love of reading, memorials may be made to Matson Public Library, 698 E. Peru St., Princeton, Ill., 61356.

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  1. Judy Swigert on July 12, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Mary at Sears in Taylorville years ago. She always had that great smile and fun to work with. Although years have passed, I have fond memories of she and her sister Sally. To all of her family, please know you have thoughts and prayers for you during this difficult time.

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