Mary Louise Ford, 88, passed away on February 10, 2020 at her home. She was born on February 19, 1931 to Roy “Sam” and Frederica (Snell) Powers and was the oldest of 10 children. Mary graduated from Jersey Township High School in 1948. She married Marvin E. Ford on October 16, 1951 in Alton, IL. They celebrated 63 years before his death on August 1, 2014. Her family was her life and she was a member of Peace United Church of Christ. She is survived by her children: Michael L. (Angie) Ford of Jerseyville and Marsha E. Erwin of Jerseyville; her grandchildren: Megan and Kelly Erwin; her step-grandchildren: Nikki (A.J.) Heitzig and Molly Rowling, her step-great-grandchildren: Corie Heitzig and Cam Talley; her sisters: Janet (Ralph) Calame of Jerseyville, Linda (Joe) Bedolli of Pleasant Plains, Illinois; and her former son-in-law: Bill Erwin. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her precious son: Martin “Marty” Ford, son-in-law: Paul Allen, her brothers: Richard, Patrick, Ronald, Charles, and Tom Powers. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12 (noon) at Alexander Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at 12:00 (noon) at Alexander Funeral Home. Rev. Deborah Lawson will be officiating the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grimes-Neely Cemetery or Peace United Church of Christ.
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