Obituary Detail

Mary E. Claxton - 87
9/1/1921 - 7/15/2009

DeKalb, IL - Mary E. Claxton age 87 of DeKalb, IL, and formerly of Malta, IL, died on Wednesday July 15, 2009 in the DeKalb County Rehab. And Nursing Center in DeKalb. Born on September 1, 1921 in Malta, IL, she was the daughter of Alva and Anna (Skelly) Freeman.

Mary was married to the late Phillip Claxton on October 24, 1939 in Malta, IL; he preceded her in death on September 1, 1977. Mary was a retired secretary from the Northern Illinois University Lab School and Field House. She was a life long residence of Malta, and a member of the Malta United Methodist Church. Mary was a die hard Chicago Cubs and Bulls fan. She graduated from Malta High School class of 1939.

Survivors include: son: James (Lynn) Claxton of LA, daughter: JoAnn Hackbarth of DeKalb, grandchildren: Michael (Karen) Claxton, Todd (Shelly) Claxton, Jerry Claxton, Matt (Jessica) Claxton, Kevin (Rachelle) Claxton, Eric (Amy) Mattis, Troy (Katy) Mattis, Nicole (Chris) Wiehle, step-grandchildren: Donna Frahely, Brian Chester, Danny (Jessica) Chester, Holly Chester, 29 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by: parents, husband: Phillip, daughter: Janice Arwood, brother: Chester Freeman, in-laws: Harry (Carrie) Claxton.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday July 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home with Pastor Robert L. Vaughn officiating. Burial will be in Malta Cemetery in Malta, IL. Visitation will be held on Saturday July 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM till the time of the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the DeKalb County Hospice. To send an online condolence visit: Arrangements were entrusted to: Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home 310 Oak St. DeKalb, IL, 60115 (815)758-3841.

Saturday July 18, 2009
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home

Saturday July 18, 2009
11:00 AM
Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home

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Visitor Comments
My condolences to JoAnn and the rest of Mary's extended family: I worked with Mary in the Evans Field House from 1971 to 1977. She and I had a great time doing our puzzles first thing in the morning in slack times and drinking tea! She was one of the most wonderful women in my life and I've thought of her many times since I retired in 1998. I did see you at fish supper in Kirkland one Friday night about a year or so ago and I came over to speak to her; I'm not sure she remembered who I was. I just learned today of her passing. Sorry to hear it. She will be missed greatly by all.
Bertie Durham
7/22/2009 6:45 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She was a lovely and kind woman with an exception zest for life. When I worked with Mary I could always count on her for support and to see the positive side of things. We were blessed to have her in our lives. I will miss her and will hold her in my thoughts and prayers. Patti Perkins
Patti Perkins
7/28/2009 4:12 PM

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