Mary P. (Robeson) Ferrell


MENDOTA - Mary P. (Robeson) Ferrell, 96, of Mendota passed away Aug. 14, 2020 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Public graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Restland Cemetery, Mendota with Rev. Mary Bohall officiating. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Mary was born Sept. 19, 1923 on a farm west of Ohio, Ill. to Edward and Lillian Merkel. She married Lawrence Smith on June 5, 1943. He preceded her in death on June 5, 1949. She married Reginald Robeson on June 22, 1957. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1989. She married Wilbur Ferrell on Dec. 29, 1991. He preceded her in death on Nov. 7, 2013.

Survivors include her son, John (fiancée Kathryn Barnard) Robeson of Mendota; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and one step-daughter, Vickie Wilcoxson of Joliet.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her three husbands; two daughters, Kathryn Quinlan and Edna Miller; and a sister, Ruth Catton.

Mary attended Ohio Grade School and High School. She lived in this vicinity her entire life. She was a waitress for 46 years, 23 of those at Ziggie’s Family Restaurant in Mendota, which she loved. She was a member of Red Oak Church until her marriage to Reginald and then joined the First United Methodist Church in Mendota. She loved to travel, garden and take care of her home.

Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, Mendota.