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Mary Jo Stice

July 24, 1947 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Mary Jo Stice Obituary

Mary Jo Stice, age 76, of Charleston, IL passed away at 10:35 a.m. on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Odd Fellow Rebekah Home in Mattoon, IL. She was born July 24, 1947 in Mattoon, IL, the daughter of Austin William and Florence (Kilman) Morgan. She married Richard Helton, then later married CD Stice on November 21, 1981 in Charleston, IL.   

Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, CD of Mattoon, IL; daughter, Lisa Stout (Phil) of Charleston, IL; grandsons, Dillon Foster (Paige) of Carterville, IL, Dalton Stout of Charleston, IL, Tyler Helton (Danielle) of Collinsville, IL, Jacob Helton of Bourbonnais, IL; granddaughter, Robynn Welch (Marshall) of Pittsburg, IL; great grandsons, Mayson Welch, Macon Welch, Manning Welch, Jude Foster, and Sagan Helton; great granddaughters, Riggsley Welch, Sadie Helton, and Holly Helton; step daughters, Loretta Esworthy (Paul) of Homer, IL, LaDonna Douglas of FL, and  Libby Redfern (John) of Toledo, IL;  step daughter-in-law, Debbie Stice of Homer, IL; sisters, Janice Drury (Rick) of Warner Robins, GA and Janet Wilson (Herb) of Charleston, IL; one half-sister, and one half-brother. She was preceded in death by her grandparents; Robert and Alice Kilman and Isaac and Ethel Morgan; parents, Austin and Florence; son, David Helton; stepson, Steve Stice; four half-sisters; and four half-brothers.   

Mary was a 1965 graduate of Charleston High School. Mary worked as a secretary at Southern Cotton Ginners Association in Memphis, TN. Other employment throughout the years included working at Brown Shoe Company and Charleston National Bank in Charleston, IL. Mary Jo was a faithful member of East Harrison Street Church of God in Charleston, IL.

She spent most of her time doting on her husband. They always held hands and were deeply in love. A pastor in Arkansas said they were like peas and carrots! Her family were vital to her. She truly loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with all her heart. She treasured any moment she could spend with them. Mary enjoyed crocheting Afghans for her grandchildren, diamond painting, and reading. She was a wonderful cook with coconut pie being her specialty. She also loved riding all over the United States on her husband’s trike, square dancing, and was an avid reader.

Mary developed the same type of brain cancer as her son. She battled it as long and as hard as she could to see her great granddaughter, Riggsley. She was able to feel her at her bedside before passing.  

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston, IL with Pastor Herman Briggerman officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon, IL. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family (Lisa Stout) c/o Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

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January 23, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Shawnee Drive, Charleston)

Funeral Service
January 23, 2024

1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Charleston, Shawnee Drive)


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