Mary Jean Myers, 93, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, in Clarendon Hills, Ill. She was born Aug. 16, 1919, in Watseka, Ill., the daughter of Roy and Marguerite (Taliaferro) Stanton.
Mary Jean received her teacher’s certificate from Knox College and her bachelor’s degree from Aurora College. Mary Jean began teaching in one-room school houses in Iroquois County.
She met Don Myers in Watseka, where he was the high school band director. They were married in 1941. They lived in a number of towns throughout the south during World War II while Don completed his service as an Army Air Corp flight instructor. After the war, they settled in Don’s hometown of Sugar Grove.
Mary Jean taught middle school in the Kaneland School system until her retirement in 1970. She moved to Phelps, Wisc., in 1971 and opened Hackley House Antiques, which she operated with her husband until 1992.
She is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Lynn Schreiner) Gramley of Elgin, Ill., and Elizabeth (Bill) Chalberg of Downers Grove, Ill.; her grandchildren, Philip (Christine) Gramley, Steven (Leanne) Gramley, Jack Chalberg, Cassie Chalberg, George (Audrey) Chalberg, and Bill (Sarah) Chalberg Ill.; her great grandchildren, Lillian Gramley, Robert Gramley, Harry Chalberg, Keegan Chalberg, Connor Chalberg and Grace Chalberg; and her Thai exchange student daughter, Krongkeo Kannasoot.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Don Myers, who passed away April 30, 2012; and her brothers, Richard and John Stanton.
A memorial service was held Saturday at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove. Visitation was held prior to the service. Interment followed at Sugar Grove Cemetery.
For more information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com/ to sign the online guestbook.