MARY M. CURRIE(1953-2013)

ST. CHARLES – Mary M. Currie, 59, of St. Charles, Ill., passed away peacefully Friday, April 26, 2013, at home with her loving family surrounding her.
Born Aug. 18, 1953, in Morris, the daughter of Russel and Virginia (Wilkinson) Philips, Mary married the love of her life, Bruce B. Currie on June 28, 1975, at First Congregational Church in Mazon.
She received her elementary education at Hume School in Waubonsee Township and graduated from Morris Community High School in 1971. She received her associate degree from Joliet Junior College in 1973 and her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in 1975 and her master's degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986.
Mary spent 36 years in education. She taught 10 years at various school districts: Geneva, Glendale Heights, Kaneland and Batavia while teaching a variety of grade levels. Mary then moved into administration by 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, Patti (Don) Anderson of Unionville, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips and Rodney (Chris) Phillips, both of Morris; brother-in-law, Donald Sterritt of Morris; sister-in-law, Jean Phillips of Dwight; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Russel A. and Virginia A. Phillips; brother, Thomas L. Phillips; sister, Betty J. Sterritt; parents-in-law, Samuel B. and Jeanne L. Currie; brother-in-law, Paul Baker; sister-in-law, Vicky Phillips; nephew, Dylan Baker; and great-nephew, Ean Phillips.
Memorial visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St. (Route 38), Geneva, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Clark Blade will officiate. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Betty J. Steritt Nursing Fund of the Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris, IL 60450.
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Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2013