Mary M. Currie

By on May 2, 2013

Mary M. Currie, 59, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2013, at home with her loving family surrounding her.

She was born Aug. 18, 1953, in Morris, Ill., the daughter of Russel and Virginia (Wilkinson) Philips. She received her elementary education at Hume School in Wauponsee Township, and graduated from Morris Community High School in 1971. She received her associates degree from Joliet Junior College in 1973, her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 1975, and her master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986.

Mary married the love of her life, Bruce B. Currie, on June 28, 1975, at the First Congregational Church in Mazon, Ill.

Mary spent 36 years in education. She taught 10 years at various school districts—Geneva, Glendale Heights, Kaneland and Batavia—while teaching a variety of grade levels. Mary then moved into administration by working in Kaneland and Sycamore. She spent her last 18 years in education as principal of Sycamore’s West Elementary School. Her passion and love for the students, staff and curriculum was evident.

She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce; one son, Robert of St. Charles; three sisters, Ruth Ann (Jim) Benson of Morris, Kathy (Larry) Gibbons of Montgomery, and Patti (Don) Anderson of Unionville, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Phillips and Rodney (Chris) Phillips, both of Morris; her brother-in-law, Donald Sterritt of Morris; her sister-in-law, Jean Phillips of Dwight, Ill.; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Russel A. and Virginia A. Phillips; a brother, Thomas L. Phillips; a sister, Betty J. Sterritt; her parents-in-law, Samuel B. and Jeanne L. Currie; brother-in-law, Paul Baker; sister-in-law, Vicky Phillips; nephew, Dylan Baker; and a greatnephew, Ean Phillips.

Memorial visitation will take place from 11 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. Clark Blade will officiate. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Betty J. Steritt Nursing Fund of the Morris Hospital, 150 W. High St., Morris, Ill. 60450.To leave an online condolence or remembrance to the family, visit the funeral homes obituary age at

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