DONGOLA — Mary Belle Osman Morgan, 94, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at her home.
She was born the second child of three children on Dec. 13, 1923, the daughter of Ellis and Iva Penrod. She married Leland Elmer Osman and he preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 1974, and together they had three sons, Robert L., Ronald E. and Edward E. Osman. She later married Harold Morgan and he preceded her in death in 2001 and was the stepmother to Larry Morgan and Ron Morgan.
Mary Belle graduated from Dongola High School in August 1941. She was the owner and agent of Dongola Insurance agency and the co-owner and operator of Dongola Roller Rink and Dongola Texaco café. She was the secretary and accountant for Osman Produce, Inc. She was co-founder of Dongola Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and Dongola Homecoming and a participant every year until 2017. She was a member of Red Hat Society, First Baptist Church of Dongola and a member of Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery board.
Mary Belle enjoyed 94 years of life and through her activities and actions she has positively affected the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of Dongola and area residents. Whether she was dressing in period costumes for a parade or as Mother Goose to read to grade school children, she was never without a smile or kind word. She routinely baked and delivered thousands of cakes, cookies and pies to people at holidays, in times of grief or just a cake to cheer you up! She called her family together before passing and told them “Do not shed any tears over me as I have had a good life, a loving family and I love you all, but it is time for me to go home to see the Lord and Shawna”. Mary Belle would have said the same to all her friends. Her greatest eulogy is her family, her lifetime of good works and her thousands of friends.
The family would like to thank Judy Cohin, Residential Hospice, Kyle and Cynthia Kern and Brenda Hogue for the tender and loving care given to Mary Belle as she left this physical world.
She is survived by her sons, Robert L. Osman (Lorene) of Dongola, Ronald E. Osman (Michelle) of Marion, Edward E. Osman (Diane) of Springfield; friend, Brenda Hogue (Mary Belle called her the daughter she never had); brother, Dorris Penrod of Dongola; stepsons, Larry Morgan and Ron Morgan; five grandchildren, Mark Osman of Marion, Kelly Johnson of Dongola, Blane Osman of Marion, Christina Blake Deitrich of Goshen, Kentucky, Chris Osman of Los Angeles, California; seven great-grandchildren, Olivia Osman of Marion, Owen Osman of Marion, Loreli Deitrich of Goshen, Kentucky, Ronin Deitrich of Goshen, Kentucky, Aubrey Fenton of Herrin, Corbin Johnson of Dongola, Callie Osman of Marion; nieces and nephews, Audrey Hartline, Evelyn Maxwell, Ted Osman, Janet Lingle, Roger Lingle, Pam Ferguson, Cynthia Kern, Terry Osman, Janet Davis, Ann Van Loon, Jim Kaufman, Debbie Witlow, Beth Horvath.
Mary Belle was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leland E. Osman; husband, Harold Morgan; granddaughter, Shawna Osman; sister, Marella Kaufman; nephew, Jerry Osman.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21, 2018, at Crain Funeral Home in Dongola.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Dongola, with the Rev. LaRue Parr officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Shawna Osman’s name or Mary Belle’s to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1972 Inner Belt Business Center, St. Louis, MO 63114, or online at www.lls.org or Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, P.O. Box 118, Dongola, IL 62926.