Mary Lou England, nee Westover, was born on Wednesday, July 11, 1928 in Westover, MO to Cecil Ira Westover and Julia Mae Mullen Westover. She passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Steelville Senior Living at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 12 days.
Mary Lou grew up in Westover where she attended grade school and graduated from Steelville High School with the Class of 1946. During high school she played the bass drum, had played the guitar and also the harmonica. She loved to go dancing and laugh. She was introduced to Lytle “Junior” England by her cousin, Melba Mullen, whom she later married on December 25, 1946 in Steelville, MO by Uncle Sam Roper and to this union 5 children were born. Mary Lou was a life-long Crawford County resident, only leaving to live in Arizona for about a year before returning. She stayed home to raise her kids until they all started school, and then began working at Wayside Inn in 1963 as a cook for 65 cents per hour. She later went to Brown Shoe, was hired on as the first cook at Gibbs Care Center where she received a degree and worked as a dietary supervisor. Lastly, she cooked at Steelville Schools and was the head cook at the high school until retiring in 1993. Mary Lou had accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and was a member of the Steelville Presbyterian Church. She volunteered faithfully with the Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry in Steelville, MO, was a member of the Westover Community Extension Club and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Mary Lou loved to go to her grandchildren’s ball games. She enjoyed to sew, garden and cook. Most of all, Mary Lou loved her family and spending time with them. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Julia Westover; parents-in-law Lytle and Tressie England; husband Lytle "Junior" England; daughter Nancy (Wayne) Henry; brothers-in-law Kermit (Marie) England, Loftus (Joan) England, Jack England and Glen (Bonnie) England; sisters-in-law Ina (Doc) Halbert, Nina (Lee) Waller and Dolly England; infant great great grandson Nathan Woods.
She is survived by her children Martha Sellers, Terry (Sharon) England and Jack England all of Steelville, MO and Barbara (Mike) Britton of Meta, MO; brother-in-law Curt England of Steelville, MO; grandchildren Charla (Mike) Woods, Sarah (Jimmy) Woods, Brian (Lisa Stringer) Sellers and Brad (Amy) England all of Steelville, MO, Ben (Becky) England of Inchelium, WA, Jared (Erika) England of Wentzville, MO and Travis Lee (Tommi) Pogue of Jefferson City, MO; great grandchildren Jackson Woods, Lindsie (Eric) Schmidt, Ethan Woods, Tristan (fiancée Kourtney) Woods, Conner England, Emma England, Elijah England and Abigail England; great great grandchildren Eleanor and Memphis Schmidt; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Visitation was from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, MO. Funeral Service immediately followed at 1:00 PM with Rev. Wendy Downing and Rev. Jerry Beers officiating. Burial was at Steelville Cemetery. Memorials were suggested to the Steelville Presbyterian Church (PO Box 860 Steelville, MO 65565) or the Steelville Food Pantry (Checks payable to Steelville Food Pantry PO Box 1166 Steelville, MO 65565)
Arrangements under the direction of Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, MO.
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