Mary G. Mead
1929 - 2021
Slater-Butala Funeral Home - Genoa
132 West Main Street
Genoa, IL
Mary G. Mead
Born: February 28, 1929 in Amboy, IL
Died: May 31, 2021 in DeKalb, IL
Mary G. "Gene" Mead, 92, of Genoa died of natural causes on Monday, May 31, 2021 at NW Medicine- Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.
She was born on February 28, 1929 in Amboy, IL. the first of ten children, to Cecil and Catherine (Weidner) Harrison. Her early education took place in rural one-room schoolhouses and she graduated near the top of her class from Amboy High School. She stayed in touch with her high school classmates and enjoyed their reunions. She was married to Charles Mead on July 15,1948 in Amboy. She resided in Genoa, ILand was a member of the St. Catherine of Genoa Roman Catholic Church in Genoa for over 50 years. Principally a homemaker she also enjoyed and stayed busy outside the home as a member of the Alter and Rosary Society, a founding member and past President of the Friends of the Library, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was active at her church. For many years she has sponsored several children in central and south America through charitable organizations and has enjoyed writing to them and watching them grow.
She loved to exchange letters with her brothers, sisters and friends and many marveled at her beautiful penmanship. She was considered to be the Harrison family historian, kept track of hundreds of birthdays, anniversaries and addresses and was an always reliable resource of family information. In addition to being dedicated to her family, she was passionate about her flowers, gardening and watching and feeding wildbirds.
Survivors include her three children Patrick Mead and his wife Lori of Utah, John Mead and his wife Jodie of Wisconsin and MaryMead-Cantrell of Oregon, IL. Gene has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her brothers Cecil Harrison and wife Shirley of Amboy, Gerald Harrison and wife Mary Ann of W. Lafayette, IN, Stanley Harrison and wife Mary of Milwaukee, WI, sisters Dorothy Cheshier of Sterling, IL and Rosetta Baumgartner of Princeton, IL , Sister-in-laws SharonHarrison of Polo, IL and Mary Lou Harrison of Amboy.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, sister Rita Leffelman and brothers Duane, Stephen and Raymond Harrison.
Her visitation will be on Friday, June 4th from 10:00AM-2:00 PM at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home of Genoa. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 PM at St. Catherine of Genoa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made directly to St.Catherine's Catholic Church in Genoa or the National Audubon Society ( or sent in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL. 60135. The family wishes to thank the ED staff, nurses and physicians at Kishwaukee Hospital and Journey Care for their compassionate services.
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I remember Mrs Mead as a very sweet woman with a giving spirit and a wonderful smile. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Lisa Deheck
June 4, 2021
Dear family....Mary as I knew her was always special to visit with. She was a sweet soul& without a doubt loved her Lord. She was faithful when able to drive every day to mass. We'd always share something simple @ Christmas time. In 2020 we surprised her w/ Christmas dinner&dessert. Her smile was so hudge as I stood at the door...Live on her faith & my heartfelt sympathy to a sweet neighbor's family. Hugs Ruthie Gilbert
June 1, 2021
Kathy Ketchum and Tom and Deb
June 1, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I always like visiting with your mom being a neighbor from years ago.
Fay and Tom Losey
June 1, 2021
Dear Pat, Mary, John and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. I have many memories from childhood growing up next door to your family. She could run circles around anyone with her energy levels. The neighborhood will not be the same without her. I know she will be sorely missed by Dan and Janelle. May God grant you peace, comfort and strength as you mourn her passing. So sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Janet (Pahnke) Boblett
Janet Pahnke Boblett
June 1, 2021
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