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Mary Brownfield

Mary M. Brownfield (Demmin)

Monday, August 31st, 1925 - Sunday, February 10th, 2019
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Mary Brownfield, 93, of Carlinville, IL passed to her heavenly reward on Sunday, February 10, 2019 with her daughter at her side. Mary suffered a fractured hip in December and was not able to return to her previous state of health.
Mary was born August 31, 1925 in Peoria, IL. She was the sixth child born to Fred and Mary (Rauschkolb) Demmin. She lived in Peoria all of her young life and attended Manual Training High School. She married Richard C. Brownfield on June 7, 1947. Following their marriage, she and Dick began serving United Methodist churches in central Illinois. Those churches were in Hamilton, Decatur, Villa Grove, Galva, Carlinville, Charleston, and Normal. Dick and Mary moved to Hondo, TX in 1989 to be near their daughter and grandchildren. After a bicycling accident, they returned to Illinois in 2006.

Mary was a devoted preacher’s wife, assisting with many church functions including singing in the choir. She had a beautiful voice and sang in choirs all her life. She was a homemaker until her children were older, when she attained an Associate Degree in Child Development and worked as a Child Care Provider. Mary loved flowers, gardening, studying maps, reading, and the church. She taught Sunday school, and was devoted to Bible Study all her life. In their retirement, Dick and Mary delighted in travel in the US, Europe, and Africa. They enjoyed bicycling, especially on their bicycle built for two.

Mary and Dick had 3 children. Mary Susan and Dick passed away as young adults. One daughter remains, Jane (Scott) Reichmann of Carlinville, IL. She is also survived by 2 grandchildren; Dinah Jane Hutson of San Antonio, TX, and Luke Hutson of Austin, TX; a sister-in-law, Suzanne Adams of Amery, WI, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Heritage Manor in Carlinville, IL on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 2:30pm in the dining room. Interment will be at a later date in the spring. Heinz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the The Preacher’s Aid Society of Illinois, Carlinville United Methodist Church, or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children.
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    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 2:30pm
    Heritage Manor
    1200 University
    Carlinville, IL 62626
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    Celebration of Life in the dining hall


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Posted at 08:46am
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. I hope words in John 6:40 will bring comfort during this difficult time.

Roger G. Perkins

Posted at 03:38pm
We met Mary and Dick when we lived in Charleston, Illinois. Dick was the senior pastor of the church where we were married in 1968. Sue was our daughter's best friend and classmate. Our paths diverged, but they all remained in our thoughts over the years. We extend our condolences to Jane and her family. Love, Karen and Roger G. Perkins

Patty Knisley

Posted at 09:11am
Mary was so gracious to me when I was at Heritage. I felt like we had known each other forever!! We would sit at the end of the hallway and soak up the sun while visiting. Mary was so interesting and I loved talking with her. We sat together at many activities and enjoyed each other's company. I am so grateful that my life was blessed by Mary!! Such a sweetheart!! My thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the family.


Posted at 01:25am
I remember in 1st grade I went several times to your parent's house on Spear Drive after school with a friend, and we had cookies in the kitchen! I remember this fondly. We went to the Methodist Church where Rev Brownfield served. and I always thought of your mom over the years, it is a simple but cherished recollection. Sincerely, Ted N

Ron R. Bayles

Posted at 07:52am
Jane, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Please know that you are in my prayers today for strength and peace during this time . Ron R. Bayles

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