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PEKIN ~ Mary Ellen Compton, 91, of Pekin, passed away at 6:36 a.m. Friday, July 28, 2017 at Timbercreek Rehab & Health Care in Pekin.

Born July 27, 1926 in Canyon City, Colorado to Ralph and Elsie Faye (Hoopengarner) Hayes, she married Louis Vernon Compton September 28, 1947 in Lawrence County, Indiana.  He passed away August 7, 2012 in Pekin.  She also was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Joyce Bennett.

Surviving are two sons, Warren (Gayle) Compton of Selawik, Alaska and Randall (Crystal) Compton of Fairbanks, Alaska; two daughters, Elizabeth (Joe) Crane of Bedford, Indiana and Alyce Joyce Compton of Eureka, California; nine grandchildren, Noelle Crane of Bedford, Indiana, Adam (Charity) Compton of Troy, Missouri, Danielle (Scott) Wallace of Pensacola, Florida, Bethany Compton and Caleb Compton of Selawik, Alaska, Paige Compton, Kent Compton and Lauren (Allen) Fearns, all of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Marcie (Alex) Bourne of North Pole, Alaska; and ten great-grandchildren, Brooke, Ethan and Jonathon Compton of Troy, Missouri, Aiden, Elisha, Isaiah and Owen Wallace, all of Pensacola, Florida, and Summer, Isla and Galilee Bourne of North Pole, Alaska.

Mary Ellen was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Pekin and a former member of White River Baptist Church in Buddha, Indiana.

She had worked as an RN at the Illinois State Hospital in Lincoln, IL from 1971 until her retirement in 1994.  She had also worked for several area nursing homes.

Mary loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She loved traveling, especially when she would visit her children in Alaska and out west.  She collected coins and stamps and loved her pets.

Her funeral will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Randy Justus will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Additional services will be held at at 11 a.m. Wednesday at White River Baptist Church in Bedford, Indiana.  Pastor Lindy Hopkins will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be in White River Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Liberty Baptist Church at 2105 Sheridan Rd. Pekin, IL 61554.