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DANVILLE - Mary Ellen Morrissey Harmon, 91, of Danville, died on March 9, 2018, at OSF hospital in Danville, Ill.
Mary Ellen was born in Penfield, Ill., on September 12, 1926, the daughter of Margaret Gordon and John J. Morrissey.
She married William "Bill" Harmon on April 27, 1946, at St Paul's Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 30, 2011.
Together Mary Ellen and Bill raised seven children: Jack, who is deceased; W. Patrick (Patti) of Brandon, Miss.; Michael (Rita) of Carbon, Ind.; Tom (Mom's favorite) of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Peggy (Glenn) Johnson, Suzie (Dale) Salonen of Danville; and Anne Harmon, who is deceased.
She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Agnes Leemon, as well as a special family member, Nancy Harmon, and leaves behind her legacy of 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.
Mary Ellen is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, Bill; grandson, John David Harmon; her sisters, Margaret Aston and Ruth Ann Morrissey; and her brother, John Earl Morrisey.
Mary Ellen was a member of St Paul's Catholic Church, where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society, Life Member of Danville Symphony Orchestra, Danville Boat Club, Republican Women Association and Danville Elks Lodge 332. She graduated from Danville High School in 1945 and was a member of the Thespian Society.
Mary Ellen loved and cherished her family deeply and the family would like to extend a special Thank You to the doctors and staff at OSF for taking such loving care of our mother.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St Paul's Catholic Church, 1303 N. Walnut Street Danville. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Sunset Funeral Home, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. A Rosary Service will be at 3:45 p.m. prior to visitation at the funeral home. A Family Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, in Danville National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Mary Ellen's memory to St Paul's Catholic Church or Schlarman Academy.
Please join Mary Ellen's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on March 13, 2018
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