1921 - 2017

Mary Virginia Gerrietts, 96, of Green Valley, passed away at 1:44 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Autumn Accolade.

Mary was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Kirkville, Iowa to Elston Eugene and Alta Pickerell Larimore. She married Raymond H. “Pete” Gerrietts May 11, 1940, in Green Valley. He passed away Nov. 13, 2007.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Larry Gerrietts; one grandson, Scott Gerrietts; three sons-in-law, Duane Curry, Jerry Canada and Thomas Hill; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Gerrietts; five brothers and four sisters.

Surviving are three sons, Dale of Springfield, Ronald (Ria) of Urbana and George (Vivian) Gerrietts of Green Valley; three daughters, Darlene Curry, Susan (Joe Birky) Hill and Mary Ann Canada, all of Green Valley; daughter-in-law, Sharon Gerrietts of Pekin; 16 grandchildren, Geoffrey (Ann), Greggory, Darren (Miriam), Isaac (Jenny) and Lee (Amy) Gerrietts, Jason (Kelly), Jim, Jenny (Donny Davis), Jeri Canada, Joshua (Xuan), Jed (Casey Connett) Hill, Deb (Alan Smith) Curry, Dina (Greg) Janssen, Julie Stear, Marcie (Bill) Lindsey and Stephanie (Brian) Lutton; 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mary was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Green Valley, where she was a Sunday school teacher and MYF sponsor for many years and she served as the first female president of the church board. She was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women and served on the UMW District Board as a board member of Cunningham Children’s Home in Urbana. She was a former member of the Tazewell County Home Extension. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and working in her garden. She was the eldest and last surviving of ten children.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at First United Methodist Church in Green Valley, with the Rev. Will Meachum officiating. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory in Pekin. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Burial will be in Green Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Green Valley or the Green Valley Rescue Squad.

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