Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 9 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Metropolis with Father Joseph Trapp and Father Michael Christopher Mujule officiating. Burial will follow at Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
Born Oct. 24, 1917 in Gorham, Mary grew up in Jackson County, moving to Metropolis in May 1946.
She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxilary.
Some Mothers are so beautiful, some Mothers are so fine, but the most wonderful of all is the Mother I call mine. From the time we were a babe, through our growing up years, you have shared in our laughter, you have dried up our tears. You taught us so many things that we have needed to know — how to say our prayers to God, how to cook and how to sew. If we could fashion our lives by one person and no other, the pattern we would follow would be that of you, dear Mother.
Of all the Mothers in this whole world that God could ever find, we are proud to say “Happy Mother’s Day.” I am really glad that you were mine.
We know you are watching over us from heaven.
Mary is survived by her 13 children, Robert Worthen and wife Diane of Walkerton, Ind., Woodrow Worthen and wife Aleta of Paducah, Phillip Worthen and wife Linda of Metropolis, Rosemary Worthen of Metropolis, John Worthen and wife Donni of Branson, Mo., Nancy Worthen-Vaughn and husband Robert of Metropolis, Sharon Kirby and husband Ira of Crown Point, Ind., David Worthen and wife Jeannie of Navarre, Fla., Thomas Worthen and wife Vickie of Potosi, Mo., Mark Worthen and wife Barbara of Metropolis, Ann Sullivan and husband Roger of Metropolis, Mike Worthen and wife Julie of Metropolis and Vivien Worthen-Powell and husband Brad of Glasgow, Ky.; 31 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren, with two due in July; 11 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Geraldine Dillow of Murphysboro; one brother, Oakley Gale of Ava; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Mary Jane “Mamie” Butler Gale; her husband Robert L. Worthen; one great-grandson, Marty Nicholson; one daughter-in-law, Doris Worthen; three sisters, Emma Vasquez, Theda Graff and Alberta Bigler; and two brothers, Grover Gale and Glen Gale.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis with Rosary at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 E. Third St., Metropolis, IL 62960.
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