Mary Ann Birdsell
1935 - 2021
BORN
1935
DIED
2021
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Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel - Jacksonville
1100 Lincoln Ave.
Jacksonville, IL
Mary Ann Birdsell
Jacksonville - Mary Ann Birdsell, 86, of Jacksonville, IL died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, at her home.
She was born July 17, 1935, in Jacksonville, the daughter of Kenneth Lee and Willmeth L. Murray Ritchie. She married Everett T. Birdsell Jr. on Oct. 12, 1952, at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville and he survives.
She is also survived by two daughters and one son, Judi McGath of Murrayville, Jacquie (Willie) Stewart of Jacksonville, and Doug (Karmen) Birdsell of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Florence "Marie" Giffin; and a son-in-law, Bob McGath.
Mrs. Birdsell was a longtime member of First Baptist, where she served on the Fellowship Commission, led the BYF, and was active with Doorbell Dinners. She had a green thumb, and enjoyed cooking, and playing the piano and organ. Mary Ann enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals with Junior, and she especially loved her grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, with burial at Ebenezer Cemetery. The family will meet friends 10-11 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Boys Town, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or the Jacksonville Salvation Army. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at buchanancody.com.


Published by Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 22, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
25
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
First Baptist Church
Jacksonville, IL
Oct
25
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
First Baptist Church
Jacksonville, IL
Funeral services provided by:
Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel - Jacksonville
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I was so sad to see this Jacqui, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I'm glad i got to see your folks every few weeks when I took mom to the hairdressers, time goes by so fast and then its gone. Your mom was a lovely sweet lady. I'll be thinking of you-Dawn
Dawn Myers
October 31, 2021
Prayers for you and you family jacquie hold your special memories close to your heart and it will help you thru this difficult time. This is donna Miller hayes. Prayers for you all
Donna Hayes
October 27, 2021
Keeping you in our prayers. Mary Ann was truly a beautiful person.
John and Michael Eoff
Neighbor
October 25, 2021
Judi - Sending prayers of peace and comfort. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet your sweet mom. Love you my friend! Debby
Debby Douglas
Friend
October 25, 2021
Judi and family,
I was so sorry to read of your mother's passing. What I remember most about her her was her smile.
May your memories keep her forever in your hearts.
Susan Mussatto Prosser
Susan Prosser
Friend
October 23, 2021
So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. So hard to lose our moms!! Our deepest sympathy to you & your family.
Russell & Barbara Karr
October 23, 2021
Jacquie and Willie, you are in our prayers as you come to mind. Your Mom was a kind soul! I'm thankful that we have the hope that Jesus gives! Would love to attend in person for the service, as you always have for us! Doug and Susan Nault
Doug Nault
Friend
October 23, 2021
I am so sad to hear of her passing! She was such an amazing person. Sending hugs and prayers. She will be so missed!
Lisa Smith
Family
October 23, 2021
My deepest condolences! Ms Birdsell, I was fortunate to know you, hugs!!! Yana
Yana Jones
October 22, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.....Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family
velma menghini
Classmate
October 22, 2021
Everett, I was so shocked and saddened by the news of your loss. Please accept my sympathy to you and all your family.
Patty
Patricia Sims
Friend
October 22, 2021
such a beautiful soul, lots of prayers for her family.
betty,Gary green
Friend
October 22, 2021
Everett, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this difficult time.
Jim and Aggie Newport
Friend
October 22, 2021
So sorry for loss. Prayers for the Lord to grant comfort to all her family at this time. She and I were in same grade at JHS. I always liked her,
Marlene (Walpolw) Gillis
Friend
October 21, 2021
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