Mary Marguerite Bringer, 81, of Forsythe, Ill., formerly of Decatur, died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Oct. 14, 2011 at her home at Hickory Point Christian Village. Private services will be held at a later date.
Mary was born on December 17, 1929 to Edmund A. Bringer and Marguerite T. Bringer. Mary had one sister, Sarah (Bringer) Guinn. Mary is survived by her nieces, Alison Coffey, Elise Marguerite Guinn, her nephew Stephan Guinn, great-niece Marguerite Coffey, and great nephews Jordan Coffey and Liam Coffey. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sarah.
Mary graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in 1951 with a degree in Home Economics and Dietetics. She interned for one year at Massachusetts General Hospital before becoming a staff dietician at Decatur Memorial Hospital in 1953. Following a 40 year career at DMH, Mary retired on November 28, 1993, but continued her affiliation with the hospital in twelve years of volunteer service.
She faced the challenges of her life with great dignity and a fierce independence. Mary’s family wishes to thank the staff and residents of Hickory Point Village, the staff of Decatur Memorial Hospital, Ms. Susie Bird and the late Nancy Acks for assisting Mary to retain that dignity and independence.
Mary expressed a wish that memorial donations be made to Decatur Memorial Hospital through the Decatur Memorial Foundation at 217-876-2104, or to the National Wildlife Foundation at www.worldwildlife.org.