Mary Jo Mahannah, 74, Seacrest High School Graduate

By Staff Reports

Mary Jo Mahannah, a graduate of Delray Beach’s Seacrest High School and a resident of Urbana, Ill., has died. She was 74.

Mrs. Mahannah died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana.

Born April 5, 1938, in Louisville, Ky., to James Green Ellingsworth and Virginia Marie “Mary” Hennies, Mrs. Mahannah spent most of her life in Delray Beach while her dad was in the maritime. She married Richard Dale Mahannah on Dec.13, 1958 in Pesotum, Ill. He preceded her in death on Sep. 5, 2006.

Having completed school in Kentucky and Delray Beach, she attended Barry Castle School of Business and took various courses at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. She enjoyed a diverse range of employment including business, legal, medical, and child care in Florida and Illinois, her family members said.

Mrs. Mahannah was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Urbana, and its Prayer Shawl Ministry and Guild. She was a volunteer for 4-H, Girl Scouts, Provena Covenant’s Hospice and Auxiliary Programs, Champaign County Adult Diversion Program and a member of the Champaign Sportsman’s Club. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilling, genealogy and crafting. Her interest also included camping, reading, cooking and music.

Mrs. Mahannah is survived by a daughter, Teresa (Michael) Rupsch; a son, Jeffrey Dale Mahannah; and two grandsons, John of Wauwatosa, Wisc., and Jacob of Illinois.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan.7, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 708 W. Main St., Urbana, Ill.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pesotum, Ill. Visitation with prayer services will be held from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, Ill.

The family request that memorials be made to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Congregation, Champaign County Humane Society or Provena Covenant’s Hospice Program. Condolences may be offered at

Her family is grateful to all the people in the community who helped her maintain her fierce desire for independence by treating her with dignity and kindness.


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