Mary Hunt

Brighton | Sunday, June 17 2012

On Sunday June 17th 2012, Mary E. Todd Hunt went to her eternal home. She is reunited there with her husband, Frank Hunt, her son, Gregory Hunt, her grandson David Beeman and son-in-law Donald Beeman.  Her parents Thomas and Thelma Schilling and her sister Rose Walters, also preceded her in death.  Todd died from complications at St. Louis University Hospital, following an auto accident on Monday, June 11th, 2012.

She was born July 14th 1925, in Centralia, IL. She was the daughter of Thomas and Thelma (Betz) Schilling Sr.  She married William Franklin Hunt on November 18th, 1941. He preceded her in death in 2002.  She moved with her family to Brighton, IL in 1963 and resided there until her passing. 

Todd (as she always wished to be called) is survived by a son, Larry Roger (Betty) Hunt of Alton; two daughters, Patricia Beeman of Brighton and Cheryl (Ben) Benton of Kendall Hill of Wood River. She also left behind nine grand children,  Cathy (Steve) Prewett, Paula (Dave) Fritz ,Tanya (Patrick) McGuire, Leona (Joe) Moran,  Sara Hunt, Tyler Hunt, Darric (Amy) Taul, Kyndal (Ron) Norton and Phillip (Amanda) Benton;  18 wonderful  great grandchildren, who will miss Grandma Hunt dearly;  her brother, Thomas (Connie) Schilling of Protem, MO;  her sister, Ruth Duigiud of Vienna IL  and numerous nieces, nephews and so many friends that loved her dearly.

Todd was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Cottage Hills, where she attended faithfully.  Her passions in life were her family and doing things for others. She had coffee weekly at the Alton Hardees with close friends. She shopped regularly at the Schnucks, CVS and Macy stores in Alton. Everyone called her Grandma. She loved to bake and many times would deliver food trays personally to various offices, so she could share what she had made with others.

Her favorite pastime was Cardinal baseball. She never missed a game on TV.  She was an avid fan, win or lose. If anyone ever needed an idea for a gift for her, as long as it said Cardinals on it, she was happy.

We are often remembered by the number of people's lives we touch while here on earth. Todd will be missed and remembered for many years to come because she touched so many lives around her. Not just family, but even total strangers.

Visitation will be at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf in Bethalto IL on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 4pm-8pm.  Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11am with Rev. Warren Brown and Rev. Bob Battles officiating.

Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to the 1st Baptist Church of Cottage Hills or to a Charity of your Choice 

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Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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