Mary L. Royal, 86, of Cahokia, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 7, 1930, in Puxico, Mo., the daughter of the late Nicholas and Golda (Goforth) Waller. She married Gerland L. “Rusty” Royal Feb. 13, 1946, in Pocahontas, Ark., and he preceded her in death March 1, 2009.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and Paul Thompson of Farmington, Mo., and Jo Ann Royal of Fort Collins, Colo.; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Nicki and Marc Godare, Emilie and Robert Hodge, Sarah Similey, Paul Thompson Jr., Teal Pace, Natalie Pace and William Austin Nestlerode III; and three great-grandchildren, Alexandra Godare, Ashley Godare and Michael Similey.
A homemaker, she was co-owner of Royal’s Garage in Cahokia. Mary was formerly employed by the Village of Cahokia, where she was a clerk for 20 years. She loved traveling and especially loved to travel to Texas.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Steven L. Royal; a grandson, Anthony Messmer; and three brothers and one sister.
In celebration of her life, visitation was Friday, March 11, 2016, at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home in Dupo. Funeral services were Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Dashner-Leesman Funeral Home. Pastor Matt Friz will officiate. Burial will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.
Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.