Mary_Teager_Obit
Mary Teager
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    Powersville, Missouri, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 25, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Carrollton, Texas, United States
No one else was like her, no one could ever replace her and no one will ever forget her.

Mary Teager, a 44-year resident of Silvis, IL, died on February 25, 2014 after falling ill while visiting her daughter Jennifer in Carrollton, TX.  A “Celebration of Life” Service will be held for Mary on this Saturday, April 26 at 2PM at the Faith Walk World Outreach Center, 1450 Avenue of the Cities in Silvis.  All friends are welcome and can offer memories at the service or can leave them at www.forevermissed.com (to be read at the service).  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in her memory be made to the Silvis Garden Club, P.O. Box 71, Silvis, IL 61282.

Mary was born on May 13, 1937 in Powersville, MO, to Ira & Hazel Fields and a story was foretold: she became a “powerhouse” personality, known to friends and family alike as endlessly creative, determined and full of energy.  Over the years, she was an invaluable contributor to any project she took on, giving her all and always making things happen.

As a young girl, Mary moved with her parents to Carbon Cliff, IL, where they established a popular Grocery Store that then became a Craft Store. She learned the values of hard work & morality from her Mother and entrepreneurship & customer service from her Father. From an early age, she was enamored with commerce, retailing, design and crafts.

In 1955, Mary graduated from United Township High School and married Norman Teager; they later moved to Silvis where they raised a family of 4 children. They were married for over 40 years until Norm’s death in 1996. 

In addition to raising her family, Mary was a renowned craft artist, a successful businesswoman and a highly respected community activist/booster. She began Craft Departments in the Ridgewood Variety and Ben Franklin stores and started 3 retail businesses: Your Hearts Desire Gift Shop, Country Charm Gifts & Crafts Store and Over the River & Thru the Woods Tours. She authored craft books featuring her designs for nearly 30 years that are still popular nationwide (including the best selling book in her publisher’s history). She designed and made crafts in virtually every medium, including wood, ceramics, painting, beads, stone and sewn/stitched items including quilts.

She played a major role in the development of Hero Street USA Monument Park & Railway Park by raising $45,000 in funds and securing land, started/supported numerous activities to boost the Silvis Business Association (Silvis Garden Walks, Citywide Garage Sale, Moonlight Parade, Christmas in Silvis) helped establish the Zinnia as the city flower (planting hundreds at City Hall) and made Silvis Park a fun and safe place for children (launching a Pet Parade, Penny Carnival and many other activities). She was called “Silvis’ most effective promoter.”  She was a major cheerleader for local events like Farmers Markets and the Silvis 5K Run. She was also an avid gardener and member of the Silvis Garden Club, acting as newsletter editor, fundraiser, activity creator & planter (with many other Garden Club members) of thousands of flowers in the city’s public areas. She lived a big life and left many wonderful treasures behind for her community to enjoy.

Mary was a resident of Silvis until 2008, when she moved to Naperville, IL to live with her daughter Carrie and partner Rachel. There she was a member of the Unitarian Church (where she joined the Crafting Group) and the Naperville Garden Club. She became active in local quilting associations and created beautiful gardens of her own. But she loved nothing more than riding her John Deere riding mower around her daughter’s property, wearing her pink Babe’s cap with rhinestones. 

Mary is survived by 2 of her sisters, Lora Humphrey of Silvis, IL and Imogene Ogle of Jefferson, IA and 4 children, Carrie (Rachel) of Naperville, IL, Greg (Darla) of Moline, IL, Brian (Susan) of North Liberty, IA and Jennifer of Carrollton, TX, her former daughter-in-law Dawn Marner of Moline, IL and 5 grandchildren, Nathaniel (Tomica), Dylann (Katie), Gabriel (Kailey), Madison & Caleb.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Christine. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jan Jeffery on 18th May 2014

"I'm so sorry this tribute is so late.  At the time of Mary's memorial service, we were out of town. I so wish we'd been able to attend her service.  Mary and Norm were neighbors of ours in Silvis.  What a wonderful place to raise a family and have friends.  I can't even count the number of block parties, get togethers, tricks we played on one another.  Mary was part of the reason we loved that block so much.  Her obituary said it all....Such a talented, creative, helpful, caring, loving person she was.  Our children loved going down to her home near Halloween to go into their haunted house.  We spent many hours on their deck watching racers run by and just enjoying each other.  Mary was a beautiful woman and everyone who came in contact with her loved her.  We've missed Mary since we left 13th Avenue A but she still comes to mind when I see several pieces of art I still have hanging in my home that she made.  God Bless Mary!  Jim and Jan Jeffery"

This tribute was added by Toni Hanson on 24th April 2014

"I met Mary through Dawn. I used to buy many of her amazing hand made crafts she sold in her store. The three of us used to love to go to craft shows together. What fun times we had! In 1997 I was living in Houston and had come back to visit Dawn and needed a place to stay. Mary was quick to offer her spare bedroom to me and I thought that was so sweet. Mary was a great mother in law to Dawn and a wonderful grandmother who will be dearly missed. You touched my heart Mary. Love Toni"

This tribute was added by Toni Hanson on 24th April 2014

"I met Mary through Dawn. I used to buy many of her amazing hand made crafts she sold in her store. The three of us used to love to go to craft shows together. What fun times we had! In 1997 I was living in Houston and had come back to visit Dawn and needed a place to stay. Mary was quick to offer her spare bedroom to me and I thought that was so sweet. Mary was a great mother in law to Dawn and a wonderful grandmother who will be dearly missed. You touched my heart Mary. Love Toni"

This tribute was added by Deb Teager Bowen on 21st April 2014

"Mary Teager was my aunt on my father's side.  She was one of the most talented, creative, intelligent, and kind-hearted people I have ever known.  She seemed to always be smiling, and I loved her deeply.  My life's direction caused me to lose touch with most of my family for years, and I will always regret not getting to keep up with Mary and enjoy her wonderful wit and and common sense.  Much love and sincerest condolences to her family and friends."

This tribute was added by DAWN MARNER on 20th April 2014

"I've been a huge fan of Mary's since I began dating her oldest son, Greg, back in the summer of 1981. She and Norm immediately treated me like one of the family and she and I hit it off right away because of the many interests that we shared. Mary taught me how to cook, how to sew, how to paint our craft projects, make floral arrangements, how to seek out new trends for my craft business, how to be creative with about everything I do and many, many more things. If not for Mary, I don't believe I'd be so interested in landscaping as I am and I know I'd not have owned my own craft business for over 8 yrs.  She was the absolute best mother-in-law I could have ever dreamed of having for the 17 yrs Greg and I were together.  As the mother of her 2nd grandchild, she gave me a tremendous amount of guidance and ideas about raising a child, and I felt she was always there for me to support me and encourage me to be the best wife and mother I could be. I have, and always will, appreciate all the love, support and guidance Mary showed me and my son, Dylann, as well.  

I am so grateful that Dylann got to spend time with his Grandma Mary after school for yrs before I got home from work, and that he continued to be close with her over the yrs.  I wish she'd have lived to see him wed Katie this August.  I know she'll be watching their wedding with a huge smile. She adored Dylann his entire life and she knew that he'd found his perfect soul-mate in Katie. She loved Katie as well and gladly shared her love of pink with her. Mary was a very giving person and everyone who knew her, knew that she loved seeing people happy and would do what she could to make that so. I have always been grateful having Mary an important part of my life and I had many friends who were envious that I had a mother-in-law that I was very good friends with. There's so many more things I could share about Mary and how strongly I care for her, but she knew, I knew, and that's what mattered.

I'll always remember her love and support and although I wish that we all could have more time with Mary, I know that she's in a better place than we are and that she's not hurting any more. Thank you Mary for loving me, for being such a great friend to me, for teaching me so much about life since we met 33 yrs ago and for being such a supportive, creative, caring, understanding and genuinely honest soul. From the words of Vince Gill "Go rest high on that mountain for your work on Earth is done".
                                       Much love, Dawn"

This tribute was added by Rachel Johnson on 20th April 2014

"I knew Mary for 27 years and she lived with her daughter and myself for the last 6 years. She was a wonderful spirit - lively, adventurous, creative, no-nonsense, full of fun. We had so many lovely times I shall always treasure - in her house in Silvis, on our trips to Door County and Mexico and here in our home together in Naperville. I was always amazed at her artistry - she designed the most beautiful creations.
She is gone too soon, and as I see her flowers begin to grow this spring, I am filled with sorrow and missing her terribly. We should be enjoying our daffodils, planning our gardens, being excited about trips to the local flower markets and resale shops and happy the winter is over. But I know she is now dancing in the clouds, light as a feather, trying to turn them pink, with lots of glitter.
She taught me so much about enjoying life, soaking up the happy moments and going for what you want. Plus all those great recipes!
Godspeed, Mary, I will love and miss you always -
Rachel Johnson."


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