Mary Ellen Davis

Mary Ellen Davis

Mary Ellen Davis, 79, of Polo, peacefully passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris.

Mary was born July 12, 1942, in Benton, IL, the daughter of George and Hazel (Moss) Gulley. On Nov. 25, 1982, in Polo, IL, she was united in marriage to Michael A. Davis.

Mary was a graduate of Benton High School. For over 20 years, Mary worked as the bookkeeper at Forrestville Valley and Polo Community School Districts and served as the assistant to the Superintendent.

Mary was active in her community. She volunteered regularly at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, and, on numerous occasions, opened her home to many for Christmas walks.

Over community, Mary had her family… she loved and enjoyed them more than anything.

She put her family first, whether it was traveling with or caring for her spouse, laughing and shopping with her children, or staying up and caring for her grandchildren, Mary was always there with welcoming arms and a smile. And, friends of the family were treated with equal energy, for there was no shortage of joy, empathy or care.

Mary enjoyed her life and shared that joy with others through her kindness and love.

Survivors include husband Michael; daughter, Celina (Rob) Sronce of Freeport; son, Rhett (Emily) DeWall of Superior, CO; brother Bob (Shirley) Gulley of Benton; 5 grandchildren, Nikolas (Amanda) Manthei of Polo, Kristoffer (Ariana) Manthei of Shannon, Ben (Ashley) Manthei of Sun Prairie, WI, Sam Kapner and Luke DeWall both of Superior, CO; 4 great-grandchildren, Estelle, Everette, Evelyn and Gwendalyn; sister-in-law Kathy Coffman of Mt. Morris.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Hazel (Moss) Gulley; a brother Leonard, who died in infancy; sisters Edna Louise (Charles) Overton, Lou Eva (Nellis) Cherry, parents-in-law, Bud and Phyllis Davis.

Visitation will be Friday December 3, 2021, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St. Polo. Services will be Saturday December 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jerry Martz officiating. A private family graveside will follow at South Elkhorn Cemetery in Milledgeville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Pinecrest Manor or Serenity Hospice and Home.

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