Mabel D. March, 97


Mabel D. March, 97, of Carlinville, formerly of Palmyra, died on Sunday morning, Feb. 28, 2021, at Carlinville Area Hospital.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 3, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Cross Church in Carlinville with Eastern Star rites being conducted at 9:15 a.m. Funeral services will follow, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Tim Rhodus officiating. Burial will be held at Hettick Cemetery. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville is assisting the family.

Mrs. March was born Nov. 6, 1923, in Woodson, to Earl and Pansy (Ensminger) Bridges. She married Charles R. March in 1950, in Murphysboro, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1991.

A homemaker, she loved to play the piano and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

Mrs. March was a member of the Palmyra Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary of Waverly, and was a 40-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #453 in Palmyra with a duel membership with Gillespie Chapter #430. She served as past matron of both chapters. In addition, she was a past grand representative of Georgia, as well as a member of Otho Temple of the Nile.

She is survived by her seven daughers, Maureen “Rene” (Charlie) Nagel of Waverly, Nancy L. (Steve) Lefferts of Centralia, Nina M. (Bill) Hays of Modesto, Candy A. March of Palmyra, Pansy M. (Danny) White, Mary M. (Kenny) Gunning and Alta M. (Tim) Bouillon, all of Carlinville; son, William (Rudy) March of Carlinville; two stepsons, Ralph (Martha) March of Palmyra and Gary D. March of Carlinville; several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Isla (Jerry) Holliday of Palmyra; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Bridges of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. March was preceded in death by her parents; son, James H. Jones; stepdaughter, Kay Scott; infant sister, Laura Belle Bridges; sister, Rose Loveless; and brothers, William “Willie” Bridges and Ervin “Bud” Bridges.

Memorials may be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis, MO.

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