Mary "M.J." Veley 1950—2017 Mary "M.J." Veley, of Rockford departed this earthly life, Tuesday, February 7, 2017. She was born August 5, 1950, in Snyder, Arkansas; the daughter of Young and Lillie Sanders. Mary lived in Rockford since 1955, coming from Arkansas. She was a member of United Faith Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of the Daughter of the Elks Temple 889. She attended Auburn High School, later to receive her GED. Mary leaves to cherish many memories, three sisters, Elrena Curtis, Gladys Sanders and Maurine Fletcher; brother, Warren (Pearl) Sanders; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends including special niece who she raised, Rayshawnda Mabry; and special cousin, Merline Love. She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers, and one sister. Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017, at United Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 250 N. Pierpont Avenue. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Arrangements completed by Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home, 2429 W. State St.
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