Mary Sue Lyell 97 of rural Hunnewell passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal. She was born June 30, 1919 in Marion County on the family farm to Notley Maddox and Helen Rash Sparks. She was a member of the Prairie View Baptist Church in Shelby County were she played the piano and taught Sunday school for over 40 years. She attended Hickory Grove Country School in Marion County and later graduated from Shelbina High School. Mary Sue worked many years for the Hunnewell Bank in Hunnewell. She was also a farm wife. She helped her husband John A. around the farm and their fertilizer business (Lyle Fertilizer) wherever needed, sometimes even driving the trucks. She was also a lifelong community service volunteer, serving as secretary for several organizations including the annual Hunnewell Homecoming were she worked tirelessly every year. She also served as secretary for Hunnewell Rural Housing and the Hunnewell Senior Citizens. She and her family provided music for numerous funeral services over the years. She was a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. She enjoyed working in her garden and spending time with all her family and friends who she loved very much. She married John A. Lyell on Feb. 9, 1938 in Macon, he preceded her in death May 31, 2003. Survivors include one son John Edward Lyell (Patricia), Richardson, Texas; one daughter Linda Cullifer, Emden; five grandchildren Mark Collifer (Mary), Moberly, Kyle Cullifer (Angie), Macon, Wendy Harrington (Pete), Shelbyville, Edie Lyell, Philadelphia, PA and Kurt Lyell (Oksun), Austin, TX. Seven great grandchildren: Micki and Mackenzie Cullifer, Taylor and Jared Harrington, Darren Cullifer, K.J. and Daniel Lyell. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive her. Her parents preceded her in death, husband, four sisters Adaline Roth, Frances Ratliff, Carolyn Bohrer and Martine Behring; two brothers Harold and H.O. Sparks and son in law Art Cullifer. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City. Brother Andy Lattin will officiate. Burial will be held at the Andrew Chapel Cemetery, Marion County. Visitation was Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home, Monroe City. Active pallbearers were John, Jim, Donnie, Gayle and Gene Behring, Donnie Parsons, Larry Smith and Vance Poland. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Latimer, Jim Berry, Larry Voepel, Sam Hawkins, J.D. Gosney and Gary Sanders. Memorials have been suggested to the Andrew Chapel Cemetery Association or the Prairie View Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City. Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.
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