Mary Olson Ahlrich passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. in the Piatt County Nursing Home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Born April 19, 1923, Mary was the daughter of Clark and Nelda Lamb Olson. Mary attended Peasant Falls County School where her mother, Nelda, taught. Mary graduated from Deland Township High School in 1941 and attended Illinois State Normal University (now I.S.U.) and graduated with a degree in Home Economics Education in 1945.. She taught Home Economics at the Nixon Township High School in Weldon, IL. Mary did not teach for several years, choosing to raise her 2 children, Bonnie and J.C. Later she taught Physical Education in the Deland-Weldon Grade School accumulating 20 years in the teaching profession.
Mary was known as an outstanding seamstress. She made most of her own clothes and those for her family. She also used her sewing skills to help other people by donating projects to local charities. Mary continued her interest in sewing up to the very end. She was a charter member of the American Sewing Guild in Champaign.
She and her husband, Ray, enjoyed traveling after Ray’s retirement. They enjoyed social dancing with many friends throughout the years.
Mary is survived by her husband Ray, daughter Bonnie (Mike) Wachter, Mt. Pulaski, John (Donna) Ahlrich, Lilburn, GA, cousins, Joanna Warner, Bement and Les Warner, La Grande, OR. Mary loved her family of 5 grandchildren, Joseph (Jill) Wachter, Glen View, IL, Katherine Wachter, St. Louis, MO, Sally Ahlrich, Dan Ahlrich, and Megan Ahlrich, Lilburn, GA and one great-grandchild, Elizabeth Grace Wachter, Glen View, IL. As only-daughters, she and Joanne were like the sister.
Visitation will be at the Wright-Mackey Funeral Home, Monticello, May 29 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be May 30 at the Monticello United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Memorials can be made to the Kirby Hospital, the Piatt County Nursing Home or the Monticello United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.