JERSEYVILLE- Mary Ellen (Zimmerman) Legate, 68, died at 1:50 a.m., Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Willow Rose Rehab & Health Care in Jerseyville.She was born in Grafton on Aug. 22, 1947, the daughter of Lawrence & Vera Hope (Sutton) Zimmerman.Mary grew up near Marquand, Mo., until her family moved back to this area her senior year, graduating from Jersey Community High School in 1965. For several years, she gave of her positive attitude, serving in the activity department at Jersey Care Center and Greenwood Manor Nursing Home, both in Jerseyville.She married Gary Eldon Legate on Nov. 5, 1966 in St. Louis, Mo., and together they shared 40 years together and were blessed with three daughters, until his death on Dec. 15, 2006.Surviving are her father, Lawrence Zimmerman of Jackson, Ms.; her three daughters and a son in law, Dottie Kuebrich of Jerseyville, Sherry & Chuck Brainerd of Redondo Beach, Ca., and Tammy Schaaf of Greenfield; Seven Grandchildren;10 Great Grandchildren; a brother & sister in law, Lawrence & Kathy Zimmerman of Dow; a half sister, Cindy Zimmerman; a step brother, Dennis Legate of Elsah; three step sisters, Connie Gettings of Kansas City, Mo., Joy Kay Winslow of Alton, and Willa "Pinky" Patrick of Conway, Ark..In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her mother & step father, Vera & Wayne Legate; a son in law, Christopher Kuebrich; a great granddaughter, Myah Danielle Eberlin Brown; half brother, Marion Whitlock; a half sister, Patricia Zimmerman; and two step brothers, Jack Whitlock and David Whitlock.Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m, Tuesday. Rev. William Hendricks will officiate.Burial will be in the Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton.Memorials may be given to Project Team Jonny in care of the funeral home.
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