DU QUOIN -- Mary Olive Appuhn, 91, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.
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She was born Sept. 16, 1921, to Lyle D. and Celeste Naumer Flavell.
Mary Olive graduated from Du Quoin Township High School with the class of 1939 and graduated from the University of Illinois in Eng-lish.
She eloped with Lyle "Cotton" Appuhn on July 4, 1942, in St. Louis. He preceded her in death August 19, 1973.
Together, Mary and Cotton built up the family business of Texaco, Goodrich dealership, Du Quoin Tire Mart and were heavily involved with her family's company, the Du Quoin Packing Company.
After Cotton's death, she continued to operate Du Quoin Tire Mart, until her retirement in 1986. She was a longtime member of Marshall Browning Hospital Board and Auxiliary, the Domestic Science Club and Service League. Mary was also on the Du Quoin Grade School Board and was very active in Girl Scouts.
She was a longtime devoted member of First Presbyterian Church and served in many capacities. Mary Olive was a voracious reader, loved her rose gardens, and was an avid bridge player, achieving grand master status. She was a friend to all and a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her great grandchildren were her love in recent years. She was a loving and gracious lady to her many friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Nonnie Flavell and husband, Roger Pyle, of Columbia, Mo., two sons, Robert "Bob" Appuhn and wife, Jan, of Logan, Utah, and William "Bill" Appuhn and wife, Virginia, of Du Quoin; three granddaughters, Kristin Baker and husband, Bobby, Maria Logan and husband, Jon, and Katharine Appuhn Hodges and husband, Aaron; and nine great-grandchildren and one on the way, all residing in Columbia, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Nancy Ellen Flavell; and one brother, Robert Flavell, in early childhood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in First United Presbyterian Church in Du Quoin, with the Rev. Lon McPherson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Du Quoin. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Friends may make memorials to Marshall Browning Hospital Tree of Life or First United Presbyterian Church in Du Quoin, and will be accepted at the funeral home.
For additional information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.searbyfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Feb. 15, 2013