COAL CITY-Marie L. Erickson, 81, of Coal City, passed away June 7, 2014 at Morris Hospital with her loving daughters by her bedside.
Born Sept. 1, 1932 in Morris, Marie was the daughter of Burnette and E. Louise (Misener) DeGrush.
She was raised and educated in Mazon attending Mazon schools and graduating with the class of 1950. She married Frederick "Freddie" C. Erickson on June 4, 1950 in the Mazon Methodist Church. Marie and her husband farmed for over 15 years in Mazon Township. She was a homemaker and worked outside the home at Sponge Cushion and D & S Grocery.
Marie enjoyed baking, watching birds and gardening. She and her husband loved to travel and enjoyed the outdoors by camping with her family. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
She is survived by her five devoted daughters: Sandra (Dave) Biros of Diamond, Shirley (John Franklin) Sinclair of Morris, Sheryl (B.J.) Fitzpatrick of Braidwood, Diane (Mike) Marques of Morris and Debra (Jeff) Pierce of rural Verona; 10 grandchildren: Michelle (Steve) Baudino, Sean (Tiffany) Beeler, Chad (Lisa) Beeler, David (Samara) Anderson, Jennifer (Kurt) Crater, Jacqueline (Brett) Gould, Heather (Derek) Johnston, Nathan (Jennifer) Rink, Justin (Stephanie) Pierce and Jared (fiancée, Kaltrina Marku) Pierce; 29 great-grandchildren and one due this month and one great-great-grandson; one brother, Dale (Carolyn) DeGrush of Mazon, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Freddie on Dec. 4, 2010, five sisters-in-law: Sina Matteson, Marion and Thelma Erickson, Eldora Leranger and Severne Anderson; son-in-law, James Sinclair; two grandsons in infancy and nephew, Alan Leranger.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 3 to 7 p.m. at U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington St. in Morris. A Celebration of Marie's Life will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Amenda of Mazon Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Mazon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Marie's name to the Coal City Emergency Squad or the Mazon Methodist Church.
Online condolences can be made at www.ucdaviscallahan.com. or contact the funeral home at (815) 942-0084. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website.
Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W Washington Street, Morris, Illinois.