Mary Lou Vervinck, age 78, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 6:55 AM on Friday, April 16, 2021 at her residence in Monmouth with her family by her side. She was born January 17, 1943 in Monmouth, Illinois, the daughter of William O. and Theresa C. (Stevens) Hayes. Mary Lou attended schools in Monmouth and graduated from Monmouth High School. She later attended the Carl Sandburg College School of Cosmetology. On February 10, 1961, she married Charles L. Vervinck at the Foursquare Church in Monmouth and he is surviving. Mary Lou worked as a CNA for Applegate and Pinewood Nursing Home. She also worked at Formfit in Monmouth. For many years, Mary Lou ran Mary Lou's Cut and Curle. She enjoyed playing her accordion for her residents in many Monmouth and Galesburg nursing homes. While her girls were growing up, Mary Lou served as a Girl Scout Leader and taught Sunday School at the Foursquare Church in Monmouth. She loved her grandchildren and attending their school functions, crossword puzzles, crocheting, and helping others.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband Charles Vervinck of Monmouth, Illinois, two daughters, Jalene (Jeff) Durbin and Leann (Daniel) Watson, both of Monmouth, Illinois, one sister, Linda (Dennis) Macklin of Kirkwood, Illinois, and one brother, Lawrence Hayes of Galesburg, Illinois. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Justin Durbin, Jared Durbin, Brittany Watson, Amy Watson, Jacquie Laws, Janelle Durbin, and Jordan Durbin, and 11 great-grandchildren. There are a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews also. She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Betty Franklin and Anna Lee Greenlief, and one brother, William Hayes.
A funeral service for Mary Lou Vervinck is planned for 11:00 AM on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth, Illinois. Visitation will be all day on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the funeral home with the family being present from 5:00-7:00 PM. Memorials are being established for OSF Hospice or the New Hope Fellowship of Greencastle, Indiana. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing should be observed.
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