Mary Jean (Goldman) Bristow

Born: Sun., Oct. 29, 1933
Died: Tue., Mar. 13, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 16, 2018
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Mar. 17, 2018
Location: Milton Christian Church

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Mary Jean Bristow, 84, of Milton, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL.  She was born on October 29, 1933 to Floyd and Leota Graham Goldman in Milton, IL.  She married the love of her life, Jack Bristow, on February 22, 1953 at the Milton Christian Church, and he survives.

Mary Jean graduated from Milton High School in 1951.  After graduating, she worked as a telephone operator and then as an assistant to Dr. Allen.  She also worked at R.C. Grays Chevrolet as a secretary before becoming a housewife and eventually opening a daycare.  Mary Jean continued running the daycare in Milton for many years, taking care of area children whom she considered as her own.  She was a long time member of the Milton Christian Church and was a Sunday school teacher for many years.  In earlier years, she was also a member of the PTA and a Wednesday night card club.  Mary Jean enjoyed crocheting and quilting, as well as making several cheerleading outfits and  clothes for her children.  She was well known for making delicious hot rolls, homemade noodles, and fried chicken.  She loved to go boating with her family and liked to vacation, especially in the Ozarks.  Mary Jean enjoyed spending time with her family the most.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jack; two sons, Jeff (Jan) Bristow of Paducah, KY and Doug (Kim) Bristow of Pittsfield, IL; two daughters, Lori Hoover of Detroit, IL and Kelli Daniel(Daron Barry), of Pittsfield, IL; nine grandchildren, Christopher Hoover, Jodi Hoover, Jacob Bristow, Hannah Bristow, Bryan Bristow, Alyssa (Adam) Rush, Megan (Chase) Vose, Halie Daniel, and Bradley Daniel; and two sisters, Carolyn Bollman of Milton, IL and Virginia Baker of Dalhart, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters in infancy, Janet and Janice; a sister, Glenna Lee Bauer; and a son-in-law, Steve Hoover.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Milton Christian Church.  Interment will follow at Smith Cemetery near Milton, IL.  There will be a visitation from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to the Milton Christian Church.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

Milton Christian Church

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Judy Clowers
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
Just a note to the family of Mary Jean. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to each of you. She was one sweet lady and I enjoyed visiting with her.

Beth McIntire
   Posted Fri March 16, 2018
We are so very sorry for your loss. Mary Jean was a wonderful lady that was a great friend to our mother Margaret Brown Ehlert. You will all be in our thoughts & prayers. Margaret Ehlert Winchester Nursing Home, John Ehlert Barry, Il, Mary Ehlert Bluffs, Il & Beth & Jeff McIntire & Jeffrey Winchester, Il.

Dave & Kathie Leslie
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
We hold wonderful memories of all of you! Especially we're thankful for Mary Jean and the love she shared with everyone she met. May God grant all of you His Peace, Strength and Presence in this difficult time. Remember, you'll have more time with her later than you had in the past. Blessings to all.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
To all the Bristow family, my Condolence of sympathy. I didn't know Mary Jean well, tho I did know she was a parent of some great kids and their families. She was sweet and friendly, with a contagious smile. Her picture here is so good, the way I remember her before her failing health. I pray God will give you comfort and peace. My hope is you will all have many warm and pleasant memories to sustain you.
So sincerely, Bonnie

Linda Smith
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
My thoughts and prayers for you all.

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