Mary Esther (Tregoning) Cole

November 3, 1918 ~ April 20, 2022 (age 103) 103 Years Old

Mary Cole Obituary

Mary Esther (Tregoning) Cole

November 3, 1918 – April 20, 2022

Mary was the 7th child of George and Edna (Tyner) Tregoning, and was born and raised in Carterville, Illinois. She married Robert Arthur Cole on October 21, 1944. They had two children, Judith and Robert. She passed away on April 20, 2022.

She is survived by her sister, Joie Elting; her daughter, Judith Ann Graham; her grandsons, Steven Cole and Garth, Rhys, and Cole Graham; as well as three great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son, Robert Alan Cole; her sisters, Margaret Martin, Nadine Isbell, Mable Olund, and Helen Storme; and brothers, Sam, Siebert, Frank, Tom, and Robert Tregoning.

She graduated from Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale in 1940 before relocating to Chicago. For many years, she made her home in Los Angeles, California, before she and Robert retired to live in Marion. Following the deaths of her husband and son, she moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Mary lived her life in the service of others, and passed away at the age of 103 due to complications of a fall. In her life, she brightened the lives of countless other people. A long life, well lived.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville.


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Graveside Service
April 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Hillcrest Cemetery
Willow Street
Carterville, IL Illinois 62918


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