Mary Ellen White

White Mary EllenCENTRALIA — Mary Ellen White, age 82, of Centralia, passed away at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Centralia Manor in Centralia.

She was born on Sept. 4, 1931 in Centralia, the daughter of Fred Logan and Florence Elsie (Friess) Edwards. She married Arthur White on Dec. 14, 1952 in Centralia and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2005.

Mrs. White is survived by her son Jeff White and wife Beth of Centralia; daughter Mona Prosise and husband Gary of Centralia; five grandchildren Jennifer Bonofiglio and husband Mike, Jake Prosise and wife Casey, Julie Woodcock and husband Daniel, Zakary White and Tyler White and fiancee Alli Albrecht; six great-grandchildren Madigan Bonofiglio, Sophia Bonofiglio, Ainsley Bonofiglio, Emma Prosise, Elliana Bonofiglio and Ethan Woodcock; sister Pat Walker of Salem; three sisters-in-law Mary Virginia Gammon, Mary Edwards and Betty Edwards; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant great-grandson Michael Bonofiglio; six brothers Dwight Edwards, Darrell Edwards, Donald Edwards, Noel Keith Edwards, Ray Edwards, and Lowell Edwards; twosisters Betty Edwards and Jeanie Mulvin.

Mrs. White was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia, where she was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Couples Club. She loved tending to her garden and flowers. She enjoyed reading and baking, particularly making Christmas cookies. She cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, including cheering them on at their baseball games. Mrs. White retired after 35 years of service as a claims supervisor for the Illinois Department of Employment Security in Centralia. She lived all of her life in Centralia.

Funeral services will be held at 12:01 p.m. Monday, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia, with Pastor Mark Girardin and Pastor Perry Schefelker officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services at 12:01 p.m. on Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. White’s honor to the Trinity Lutheran School in Centralia and will be received at the Moran Queen~Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.

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