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COBDEN — Mary Vitt, 80, of Carterville, formerly of Cobden, died at 11:36 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2018, in Parkway Manor in Marion.

She was born March 29, 1937, in St. Louis, daughter of Stanley J. and Alice (Wilson) Stippey.

She married Donald L. Harbert and later married John B. Vitt Sr. on Jan. 9, 1981, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. John preceded her in death on June 26, 1990.

Mary is survived by her children, Sara Stewart of Summerville, South Carolina, Thomas W. (Lindsey A.) Harbert and Jenny (Thomas) Richards, all of Carterville; stepchildren, Nancy Macdonald of Bloomington, Karen Winzenburger and John B. Vitt Jr., all of Cobden; 12 grandchildren, Eric R. Stewart, Jason Harbert, Matthew Harbert, Leland Lyerla, Carrie Jo Walker, Lucas Lyerla, Kate Ripley, Stephanie Wilson, Devin Vitt, Mark Butler, Maxine Council and Brian Zimmerman; 14 great-grandchildren and one on the way; dear friend and pastor, Verlinda Newton; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; mother, Alice R. Prose and her husband, Wayne Prose; stepdaughter, Vicki Lyerla; and infant sister, Thelma Stippy.

Mary was a member of the Eagle’s Nest Watch Church in Cobden.

She and her husband, John owned and operated the Appleknocker Café in Cobden in the early 1980s until it closed. She later went to work for SIU School of Medicine, retiring after 15 years in clerical.

Mary’s wishes were to be cremated. There will be no local services.

Rendleman and Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden is in charge of arrangements.

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