Wilma Mardell Mayes

Bethalto | Wednesday, August 20 2014

Wilma Mardell Mayes, 85, passed away at 1:09 am Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Rosewood Care Center in Alton, while under the care of BJC Hospice.

She was born on October 8, 1928 in Quincy, IL, the daughter of Leroy and Myrtle (Phillippe) Pickett. 

She married Shelton C. Mayes on August 31, 1947 in Petersburg, IL.  He preceded her in death.

Mardell was a teacher with the Bethalto School District #8 for 33 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bethalto where she played the organ and taught Sunday School for many years, the Bethalto School District (BEA) Union, the Bethalto Senior Citizens and the Golden Jubileers at her church.  She enjoyed golfing, sewing, quilting, singing, dancing and playing games, especially pinochle on Tuesday with her friends and Wednesday and Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center.

She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Debra and Jerry Roberts of Bethalto and Anita and Max Durfee of Four Seasons, MO; two sons and their spouses, Matthew and Deborah Mayes of O’Fallon, MO and David and Masako Mayes of Collierville, TN; ten grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis and Megan Mayes, Ashley and Joseph Arbogast, Kyle Zimmerman and his fiancée, Christina Pappert, Donald Hudlemeyer, Matthew and Maggie Mayes, Nathan and Jenna Mayes, Racheal and Jon Fuller, Kevin and Kari Roberts,  Brian and Jen Roberts and Amy Hudlemeyer and her fiancée, Andrew Davidson; eleven great grandchildren and two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norman and Peggy Mayes of Collinsville and Lee and Harriett Ledbetter of Eaton, CO; a cousin and his spouse , Alan and Bobbie Cassens, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother and sister-in-law, Leroy Dean and JoAnn Pickett.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.

Visitation will continue from 10 am until time of funeral services at 11 am on Monday, August 25, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Bethalto with Pastor Chip Faulkner officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to Vision Plus at the First Baptist Church in Bethalto and/or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Online guestbook and condolences will be at

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