Margaret Mary (Tueth) Livergood
Mary Livergood lived a full, wonderful life that ended on this earth Friday evening, May 12, 2017. However, the real story is her incredible journey that began the day she was born on May 6, 1921, to John & Mary (Brown) Tueth of rural Bethany, IL. The Tueth Family was one of the Original 16 settlers as they were called, having founded St. Isidore’s Catholic Church just north of Bethany, IL. Mary often rode her horse, Joker to White School before attending and graduating from St. Theresa High School in Decatur, IL. She graduated from Brown’s Business College and went onto work at Tabor Grain Company in Sullivan, IL. While at Tabor Grain, she was Purvis Tabor’s secretary.
She met her husband, Ober Livergood, while roller skating. They later were engaged, after Ober enlisted in the Navy and was eventually assigned to a tour of duty in the South Pacific. They married on May 27, 1944 at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Ober concluded his military service at Glenview Naval Air Station and they moved back to Bethany to join the O.W. Livergood Grain and Coal Company. He preceded her in death on July 19, 1994 shortly after 50th wedding anniversary.
Surviving are her children: Bill Livergood of Glen Ellyn, IL, Jim Livergood and his wife Irene of Naranjo, Costa Rica, Sue Johnson of Decatur, IL and Tom Livergood and his wife Debbie of Winfield, IL; grandchildren: Julie (Craig) Gwaltney, Ryan (Meagan) Livergood, Valeria (Jorge Varela) Livergood, Sophia (Jimmie Castillo) Livergood, Melissa (Blake) Chadick, Eric (Chrissy) Livergood, Katie (Dan) Piston, and Brad Livergood; great-grandchildren: Connor, Olivia, Kyle, Noah, Samantha, Margaret “Meg”, Grace, and Jonathan; brother-in-law Bob Livergood of Sullivan, IL.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, brothers: Paul, Dan, Ed (Helen), Bill, Russ (Mary) and Charlie, sister: Irene, and daughter Sue’s husband: Dave Johnson.
Mary was a very active person, as she enjoyed golf, bowling, dancing, and extensive travel including many winters in Sarasota, FL. She was a wonderful baker and was well known for her pies. She was very well liked and admired as her warm and genuine smile lit up the room, as did her red hair and brown Irish eyes. She will be missed by all of her family and all those she touched. She is now in Heaven, with the legacy of her incredible life to be richly remembered for decades to come.
The family will receive friends for visitation Monday evening, May 22, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, Mt. Zion, IL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Isidore Catholic Church near Bethany, IL with Rev. Steven Arisman celebrant. Burial will be in Marrowbone Township Cemetery, Bethany, IL. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Isidore Catholic Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.dawson-wikoff.com.
The family sincerely appreciates the compassionate and wonderful care from Harbor Chase Living Center and from Angel’s Grace Hospice, Plainfield, IL.