Mary Stewart, 76, of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at Hillsboro Area Hospital.


Mary was born December 13, 1944, in Hillsboro, Illinois, the daughter of Howard and Margaret (Squires) Nelson. She was a Nokomis High School graduate. She married Robert Pugh in Decatur, Illinois, in August of 1964. He preceded her in death in 1982. She married Dennis Stewart at the Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia, Illinois, on December 27, 1985. They were married for 35 years.


Loving, caring, compassionate, and always supportive best describe Mary. She was a Christian and a member of the Columbus Baptist Church, where she was the head pianist, and became the pianist before she was even a member of the church. She was considered a mother to all and faithful to a fault. She freely gave affection and love but expected one to pay attention and adhere to decency and standards.


She grew up in the Fillmore area and moved to Mulberry Grove, after marrying Dennis. She worked at Brockway, Forsheda, Bass Mollett, and with the Bond County Probation Office for 10 years. She liked to quilt, garden, and grow flowers. She was very into hummingbirds and yellow roses was her favorite flower.


Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Margaret and her husband, Robert Pugh.


She is survived by her husband, Dennis Stewart, of Mulberry Grove, Illinois; children, Matt (Sherry) Pugh, of Fillmore, Illinois, Mark (Linda) Pugh, of Mulberry Grove, Illinois, Kristopher Stewart, of Henderson, Kentucky, Teresa (Rob) Burrus, of Fillmore, Illinois, Kristina ‘Clarence’ Stewart, of Henderson, Kentucky; grandchildren, Chad (Kim) Burrus, Casey Burrus, Cassy (Rex) Wheeler, Mandy (Brad) White, Lauren (Trevor) Suess, Jody Porter, Sarah (Nick) Davison, Brayden Goben, Kali Goben, Payton Davis, Skyelor Cottrell, and many great grandchildren.


A visitation will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at the Columbus Baptist Church, Keyesport, Illinois. At 4:00 pm., a Celebration of Life Service will be held to honor Mary. A private, family graveside burial will take place in Glendale Cemetery, Fillmore, Illinois,  a later date. 


Memorial contributions may be given in her memory to: The Columbus Baptist Youth Fund, Columbus Baptist Church, 525 N. 60., Keyesport, IL 62253.


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  1. Mary was one of the finest persons I have the pleasure to know. She loved her family and friends. I give my condolences to her family. I was fortunate to know Mary for over forty years and will miss seeing her.

  2. I just cant believe your gone from this world but I know you are loving heaven & seeing Jesus. You have taught me so very much in everyday life & with your Christian life. Thank you for all the special talks we had & especially playing the piano while I sang. You always made everyone smile. Im so glad our familys met. Live & miss you

  3. My first memory of Mary was at Mom and Daddy’s and she was going to pierce my sister Sandy’s ears. She was using a potato, ice cube and a darning needle. She had a smile that would light up a room. Always enjoyed her and cousin Bob’s visit. Family meant everything to Mary. She will be missed by so many. My prayers are for comfort for her family. God took a special woman home.

  4. Mary was a delightful, lovely, Christian lady it was a privilege and honor to call her a friend. So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you as you are missing Mary. Love in Christ, Thomas and Linda Dooly

  5. I cant believe weve lost Mary! I guess God has His reasons but what a loss to us. Dennis, and all the rest of the family, know youll be in my prayers as you deal with this. Mary was a sweetheart and I always felt great after meeting her. She would always ask about my mom even when hers was in the nursing home. She visited my mom more than once too. Just a very special lady that will be greatly missed.

  6. Dear Dennis,
    You have our deepest sympathy. Mary was so sweet and caring. She always seemed to have a smile and enjoyed people so much. May God grant you peace, comfort, strength, and courage during this time.
    Jim and Clareen Dunn

  7. My deepest sympathy to the family. A lot of my childhood memories center around the Pugh family. You will all be in my thoughts.

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