Mt. Vernon Register-News


July 16, 2013

Mary Baltzell

Mary Lucille Baltzell, 91, of Salem and formerly of Mt. Vernon, went to her Heavenly home at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Twin Willows Nursing Center in Salem.

She was born Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1921, in Belle Rive, the daughter of Elvis and Mary Delphia (Lawrence) Moore. She married Durward D. Baltzell on Dec. 20, 1942, in Mt. Vernon. He preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1993.

Mary worked as a seamstress for several locations and later worked as a licensed practical nurse for St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital where she retired. She was also involved in volunteer work for the Red Cross. She enjoyed working in genealogy, sewing and loved to travel. She was a member of First Church of God in Mt. Vernon. During her church membership she served as President of the Ladies Missionary Society WCG of which she was a lifetime member.

She is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Coleman and husband Jim of Oak Forest, Nancy Peterson and husband Thomas of Salem and Mary Jane Sursa and husband Tom of Dix; eight grandchildren, Steve Peterson and wife Valarie of West Point, Joyce Murphy and husband Mike of Salem, DonThomas Peterson and wife Cindy of Grazelake, Jim Coleman and wife Jenni of Monee, Stephanie Meyer and husband Shane of Redmond, Wash., Rob Coleman of Oak Forest, Mary Dawn Sursa of Moore, Okla. and Wade Sursa and wife Katie of Moore, Okla.; brother, Charles Moore and wife Kitty Alberta of Charlottesville, Va.; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Durward Baltzell; and two brothers, George Frank Moore and Edward A. Moore.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at First Church of God in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Jack Harper officiating. Interment will be at Bethel Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.

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