Mary Margaret Hemphill, 81, of Glen Carbon, passed away at 11:53 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. She was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Farina, a daughter of the late Leslie and Lois (Brown) DeWerff. She married Maurice R. “Whitey” Hemphill on May 27, 1955, and he passed away Aug. 12, 1998.
In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Devon Ray Hemphill and Paul Fabry Hemphill; two sisters, Helen Storck and Dorothy Caudle; and four brothers-in-law, Milford Storck, Floyd Reed, Gus Caudle and Robert Hemphill. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald A. and Kelly Hemphill of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Jim and Mary Lou Hemphill of Arcadia, Mo.; four grandchildren, Christopher Hemphill, Jeran Keegan, Claire Hemphill and Jama Fabry; a great-granddaughter, Ariana Hemphill; a sister, Liz Reed; many nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.
Mary was a 1951 graduate of LaGrove High School in Farina, Ill., earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and her master’s degree from the University of Illinois. She taught Business Education in the Pulaski, Roxana, Wood River and Granite City School Districts and also taught at Sanford Brown School of Business. She was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Edwardsville. She was also a member of the Edwardsville Chapter of P.E.O. and the Illinois Federation of Teachers. She enjoyed her days of gardening and baking and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.
In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the St. John United Methodist Church, 7372 Marine Road in Edwardsville with the Rev. Troy Benton officiating. Memorials may be made to the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Edwardsville.
Irwin Chapel of Granite City is in charge of arrangements; www.irwinchapel.com.