Mary Elizabeth (Tucker) Waters

Born: Sun., Jul. 27, 1924
Died: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 13, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Mary Elizabeth Tucker Waters, age 93, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Arthur Home in Arthur, IL.  She had moved to the nursing home in Arthur from her home in Pike County, IL to be nearer to her family.  A Celebration of Life will be held at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Flowers will feature the nostalgic purple and gold, the former school colors of Winchester High School, where Mrs. Waters was the Home Economics Teacher for many years.  After the interment at Pittsfield West Cemetery, the family will be a hosting a luncheon at Carl's Cardinal Inn restaurant in Pittsfield with all attending the service invited to attend.  Mary Elizabeth worked as a waitress at the original Cardinal Inn prior to her first fall semester at Illinois State University in the summer of 1942.  She always looked forward to going to eat there on Sundays after church with Elmo, Nancy, Gordon, and Natalie.

Mary Elizabeth was born on July 27, 1924 in rural Perry, IL.  She was the only child of Russell and Mary Henson Tucker.  She graduated from Perry High School in 1942 and on September 9, 1944 married her high school sweetheart, Nile Elmo Waters.  They were married at the Perry Methodist Church.  They were blessed with 63 years together at the time of his death in July of 2008.  They lived in Bloomington/Normal area until she completed her Bachelor's degree at Illinois State University in 1946.  She accepted her first teaching position at Ellsworth High School where she taught Home Economics and Science for 3 years.  In 1949, Mary Elizabeth accepted an offer at to be the Home Economics Teacher at Winchester High School where she taught for 32 years.  Her classes were Home Economics I and II, Advanced Foods, Tailoring, and Consumer Education.  Some of her favorite memories were the annual Freshman Style Shows, seeing the creativity of her Senior Advanced Foods students make their required decorated cake, popping popcorn at the Winchester Tournament, building Homecoming Floats with the Future Homemakers of America Club and seeing all of her students succeed in school and in life.  After her retirement in 1982, she and Elmo moved full time to their farm in rural Nebo, IL.  She loved their trips to town to visit the Pittsfield Library and kept a journal listing all the hundreds of books she read in retirement.  She came to town twice a week for over a decade to visit her parents in Liberty Village.  She and Elmo lived their final years in Pittsfield, IL at their home on Sunset Drive.

Besides being an avid reader, she loved to shop for fabric and sew, to grow yellow mums and roses, and wrapping Christmas gifts.  She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and she and Elmo loved making things to sell at the Annual Fall Bazaar.  She specialized in polyester rugs, banana bread and cherry pie.  All of the time they were in Winchester, Elmo and Mary were members of the Winchester United Methodist Church and attended Charles Cravers' Sunday School Class.  She was also a member of the Nebo Unit of the Pike County Home Extension in her retirement years.  She loved to collect little items for her yearly Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes and adopting a family for Christmas.  In her later years when she could no longer drive and Elmo was on dialysis, she was always bringing items for the Barry Food Pantry when she attended church with Nancy and Gordon at the Barry United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-love, Nancy and Gordon Monahan of rural Oakland, IL and one granddaughter and grandson-in-love, Natalie Elizabeth and Kyle Snyders of Oakwood, IL.  She is also survived by Michael and Kellie Jones-Monahan, and Jaz of Charleston, IL; Kiralee Monahan of Wausau, WI; sister-in-law, Betty Waters, and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, the Pittsfield Public Library, or the Barry Food Pantry.  Notes of condolences may also be sent to the family at or to Nancy and Gordon Monahan; 2140 East County Road 200 North, Oakland, IL  61943.  

The family is especially grateful to the staff of the Arthur Home for seven years of loving and compassionate care as she struggled with the effects of several strokes that led to her dementia.  They also appreciate the loving care of Liberty Village in Pittsfield until her condition deteriorated to the point that she needed to move closer to her family.  One of the things she was able to do in her last part of her life was to enjoy the times when the Scovill Park Zoo brought exotic animals to the nursing home for the residents to see and she loved when people brought their dogs and miniature horses to visit the home.

Charitable donations may be made in Mary's memory to the following organizations:

Barry Food Pantry

Pittsfield Public Library

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church

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Linda Paul
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
I remember Mrs Waters fondly as I had her for Home Ec. in High School in the 60s. She had a wonderful smile and was a very good teacher. My sympathy to the family.

Judy Gibbs Cannon
   Posted Thu January 04, 2018
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Waters passing. She was my Home-Ec teacher for 2 years at Winchester High School.

Joan Stratford
   Posted Fri January 05, 2018

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Joan Stratford.

Deepest Sympathy, Joan Stratford and Carole Pinneke

Pat Carlton Frost
   Posted Sun January 07, 2018
Mrs. Waters was my Home Economics teacher at Winchester High School. She taught us sewing and cooking skills with other students. She must have had lots of patience!! We respected our teacher!

The Bernardini Family
   Posted Mon January 08, 2018
We were saddened to hear of the passing of your mother and grandmother. Though we did not know her, we do know she was a very special person in your lives.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jim and Gayla Bernardini

Glenna Coats Senters
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Prayers for the family in the loss of such a special lady. Mrs. Waters was my Home EC teacher in the late 50's. She was a great teacher and treated us all the same.

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