Mary Lillyblade, 85, Brazil, passed suddenly away, Oct. 8, 2008, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, due to heart failure.
She was born in North Chicago, Aug. 24, 1923, to Joseph and Mary Peshut.
She graduated from Jack Benny High School then began working for Abbott Laboratories in Waukegan, Ill. Following her marriage to Charles Lillyblade on Oct. 19, 1945, they moved to Brazil where she began raising her family.
In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, painting, reading biographies, flower gardening, working New York Times Crossword puzzles and cooking. Mary will be remembered by her family as an eternal optimist that lived life to the fullest.
She was a woman of strong faith and a member of the First Baptist Church in Brazil for more than 60 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Peshut, husband Charles, brother Joseph Peshut and son-in-law Gregory DeFelice.
Survivors include her son Robert Lillyblade, Brazil, daughter Barbara DeFelice, Frankfort, Ill., grandchildren Julie Will and husband David, Terre Haute, Megan DeFelice, Chicago, Allison DeFelice, Evanston, Ill., great-grandchildren Nathan Will, Jessica Will, Tyler Will, all of Terre Haute, sisters Jean Hough, Matilda Peterson and Betty Peshut, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will be at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., today.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1403 S. Walnut St., Brazil, 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.