Mary Ellen (Suhling) Craig

Born: Thu., Dec. 1, 1960
Died: Mon., Jul. 6, 2020


Celebration of Life to be held at a later date


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Mary Ellen (Suhling) Craig, age 59, of Perry, IL passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020 at her home.  She was born on December 1, 1960 in Jacksonville, IL to Walter and Mary Wilson Suhling, Jr.  She married Paul Craig on November 24, 1979, and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2015.

Mary Ellen graduated from Perry High School in 1979 then married Paul and began a family.  She worked various jobs including working as a Librarian for the Perry School District and then as a Secretary at the Griggsville-Perry Middle School until her retirement in 2016.  In earlier years, Mary Ellen was a member of HCE, the Perry American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, and was active in helping with the North Pike Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  She was a member of  Cornelia Chapter in Perry and later Pittsfield Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star #195 for over 30 years, and was also a Trustee of the North Pike District Library.  Mary Ellen worked the gate for the Western Illinois Fair Association for many years and also used  to bowl on a league in earlier years.  She loved going on road trips and riding the motorcycle with Paul, as well as attending every sporting event her children and grandchildren were involved in.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed shopping and drinking wine.  Mary Ellen was stubborn, protective, and she loved very hard. She will be missed by many. The family would like to extend their appreciation and special thanks to Tish, Cassie and the staff of Home Instead Senior Services and to Sarah with Blessing Hospice for the excellent care they provided.

She is survived by her children, Kimber (Michael) Martin of Perry, IL, Kellen Craig of Phoenix, AZ, and Kollin (Brittany) Craig of Monroe City, MO; four grandchildren, Hattie Martin, Ike Martin, Finley Craig, Alva Craig, and one special grandson, Javier; two brothers, Walt (Diana) Suhling III of Griggsville, IL and Roger Suhling of Mt. Sterling, IL; sister, Peggy (Ed) Perry of Mt. Sterling, IL; mother-in-law, Marlene Craig of Griggsville, IL; brother-in-law, Jay (Janna) Craig of Griggsville, IL; sisters-in-law, Alicia (Scott) Dunham and Anna (John) Emrick, both of Griggsville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mary Suhling; husband, Paul Craig; sister, Cherry Suhling; father-in-law, Jim Craig; and her beloved dog, Odie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the North Pike District Library.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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

North Pike District Library

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Court Dunham
   Posted Tue July 07, 2020
To all of Mello's family and friends,
Words can't express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Now specifically to our Craig family, my heart hurts especially for all of you. You guys have always taken me in and treated me as one of your own, and Mello was no different. Like all of you have been, she was so warm and welcoming every time I saw her at Scotty and Lish's house and she and Uncle Paulie treated me as a niece as you all do. That is and was a great blessing to me and I'm forever grateful many times over both to Aunt Mello and to all of you and it goes without saying, WHEN any one of you need anything let me know. I love you so much and my prayer for you is to please take comfort in how many of us love Mello and will dearly miss her and also take perhaps the greatest comfort in that Uncle Paulie and Big Jim have welcomed her again with open arms and smiles. Love to all of you! Goes without saying!

Steve and Tammy Still
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
Sorry for your loss your family is in our prayers

Joan Drage
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I'll keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God watch over you and comfort you through this difficult time.

Karen Saxer
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
God needed another angel. My thoughts and prayers to all the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Harvey Suhling
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
So sorry for your loss

Marlene Craig
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
Mello I shall miss you very much I have always considered you my daughter I loved you and so glad your pain and suffering has ended will watch over your family love you GG

William & Chesney Peuster
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that she is with Paul now having the BEST time! Love you all...

Vicki Butler Norris
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
Thoughts and Prayers for the family. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Michael Wagner
   Posted Wed July 08, 2020
Kimber, Kellen, Kollin, and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was always so helpful to me while I was teaching and coaching at Perry. She will be greatly missed. I will keep you in my prayers as you were one of the many family's that were so special to me while I was there.

Mike Wagner

Rick and Cindy Kunkel family
   Posted Thu July 09, 2020
Prayers to the all the Craig/Suhling families.

KIMBERLY Downey-Smith
   Posted Thu July 09, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the Craig and Shuling families at this difficult ime.

Cheri Baker
   Posted Thu July 09, 2020
Dear Peggy and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Mary Ellen’s passing. I have a lot of fond memories of you girls. May God’s grace give you comfort.

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