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Mary Frances (Burgener) Best

Mary Frances (Burgener) Best, 89, of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on March 17, 2023.

Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother.

Mary was the fourth of fifteen children born to Phillip Burgener and Lucille (Nalefski) Burgener in Atwood, Illinois on November 10, 1933. She married Max Best on February 19, 1955 in Decatur, IL. He preceded her in death on September 11, 2006.

Mary graduated from Atwood High School and held various jobs as a bookkeeper and banker. She retired from Wells Fargo Bank in 1998.

Mary is survived by daughters Michelle Best, Spring Hill Florida; Stephanie Best, Iowa; and son John (Kimberly) Best, Bloomfield Iowa. Grandchildren: Corey Bush Sr, Kristy Best, JJ Best, Jordon (Kate) Best; Kassidy (Todd) Moore; Tyler Cummings and Autum Cummings. Great Grandchildren: Corey (Abby) Bush Jr. Donivan Bush, Rory Best, Finn Best, Weston Moore. Great Great Grandchildren: River Bush and Beau Bush.

Mary is survived by siblings: Virginia Hannon (Joplin MO) Lucille Chamberlain (Fremont OH) Therese Davidson (Peoria IL) Susanne (Vernon) Dargel (Peoria IL) Charles (Marsha) Burgener (Bement IL) John (Judy) Burgener (Lafayette TN) and Robert (Marsha) Burgener (Hammond IL) along with over sixty nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Helen Albright, Don Burgener, Barbara Kisters, Raymond Burgener, Phillip Burgener, Karol Pollock, and Leonard Burgener.

Mom was a lot of fun. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, games and puzzles. She kept up with politics, world events and loved mystery and romance novels. She inherited her mother’s (Lucille) passion for visiting with family and friends. Her favorite city was New York. She loved the energy and cab rides around the city. Her favorite game shows were Cash Cab, Wheel and Jeopardy. She and Dad had a great time living in Florida; fishing on their boat and eating out.

A graveside service is planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 10, 2023 at the Mackville Cemetery, Atwood Illinois with Father Angel Sierra officiating.

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