Mary Ellen Roarty died from complications of COVID-19 on April 14, 2020. She was 90 years old and living at Garden Place Senior Living In Columbia, IL. Mary and her husband Joe raised their family in Belleville, IL, where they owned Joe’s Bonafide Service Station.
She always had a smile on her face and she loved laughing, long hugs, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Her family was her greatest joy and she was incredibly proud of all of her grandchildren and great children. Mary was also proud of her Irish Heritage and for almost 70 years led her family in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
When Joe passed (several years ago), Mary moved from their home to Garden Place Senior Living. They were supposed to move in together, but he passed away before the move. Although she was heartbroken from the loss of her husband of 69 years, she embraced her new home. Mary made many friends and was loved by the staff. She became part of the Garden Place Gals singing group and performed the National Anthem at a Grizzlies baseball game.
Mary Roarty is greatly missed by her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They find comfort knowing that she is with her soulmate in heaven. Her family misses her so much, but know she and grandpa are near whenever they see a pair of cardinals.
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- Mary E. Roarty obituary at Dignity Memorial