Mary Elizabeth "Mary Lee" Herndon
85, of Springfield, IL, died Wednesday, March 6 at home. She was born October 27, 1927 in Indianapolis, IN, the daughter of James Layman and Katherine Turman Schell. She married Richard F. Herndon, M.D. in 1948; he died in 2001. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Schell Ferriday, in 1998.
Mrs. Herndon attended Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA, and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She worked for the Chicago Tribune and was a substitute teacher in Springfield. Mrs. Herndon was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Progress Circle of the King's Daughters Home, the Anti-Rust Society of Springfield, and the Junior League. She volunteered for the Springfield Art Association, the food pantry at the First Presbyterian Church, and served as a volunteer guide for the Executive Mansion and the Old State Capitol. Mrs. Herndon enjoyed classical music and jazz. She was a Chicago White Sox fan and an avid traveler.
Survivors: son, Richard F. (wife Carol) Herndon of Springfield; three daughters, Mary Katharine (husband Carl) Buenger of Nekoosa, WI, Elizabeth (husband Geoffrey) Beckwith of Tucson, AZ, Sarah Maria (husband Rahul) Bonner of New York, NY; four grandchildren; two sisters, Susan Henderson of Carmel, IN, and Katharine Kimbriel of Tucson, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 23, 2013, First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, the Rev. Dr. Clifford J. Hayes officiating. Private cremation rites will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery at a later date. Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Illinois Food Bank, Doctors Without Borders, the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, or Project A.L.S.
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