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Mary M. Currie

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:00 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Mrs. Mary M. Currie, 59, of St. Charles, Ill., passed away peacefully with her loving family surrounding her at home on Friday, April 26, 2013.

She was born Aug.18, 1953 in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Russel and Virginia (Wilkinson) Philips. She received her elementary education at Hume School in Wauponsee Township, and graduated from Morris Community High School in 1971. She received her associate's degree from Joliet Junior College in 1973, her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1975, and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986.

Mary married the love of her life, Bruce B. Currie, on June 28, 1975, at the First Congregational Church in Mazon, Ill.

Mary spent 36 years in education. She taught 10 years at various school districts —Geneva, Glendale Heights, Kaneland, and Batavia — teaching a variety of grade levels.  Mary then moved into administration, working in Kaneland and Sycamore. She spent her last 18 years in education as principal of Sycamore’s West Elementary School. Her passion and love for the students, staff, and curriculum was evident.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce; one son, Robert; of St. Charles; three sisters, Ruth Ann (Jim) Benson of Morris, Kathy (Larry) Gibbons of Montgomery, Ill., and Patti (Don) Anderson of Unionville, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips and Rodney (Chris) Phillips, both of Morris; her brother-in-law, Donald Sterritt of Morris; her sister-in-law, Jean Phillips of Dwight, Ill.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Russel A. and Virginia A. Phillips; a brother, Thomas L. Phillips; a sister, Betty J. Sterritt; her parents-in-law, Samuel B. and Jeanne L. Currie; brother-in-law Paul Baker; sister-in-law Vicky Phillips; nephew Dylan Baker; and a great nephew, Ean Phillips.

Memorial Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 West State Street (U.S. 38), Geneva, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Officiating is Clark Blade. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Betty J. Steritt Nursing Fund of the Morris Hospital, 150 West High Street, Morris, Illinois 60450.

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For more information, please call Yurs Funeral Home of St. Charles, 630-584-0060, or like it on Facebook.

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