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Mary Elizabeth Hancock

January 26, 1929 ~ June 21, 2019 (age 90)

Champaign – Mary Elizabeth Hancock, 90, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Bickford of Champaign Senior Living Community.  She was born on January 26, 1929 in New Castle, PA to Antonio and Mary Emma (Hatfield) Casillo.  She married Alan Hancock on July 28, 1966 in Champaign, IL. 

Mary is survived by her children Toni Roberts of Atlanta, GA, Mark Roberts of Urbana, IL, Cathy Roberts of Champaign, IL, Jill Hieronymous of Champaign, IL, and Scott Hancock of Tolono, IL; grandchildren Dylan, Kelly, and Cam; sister Jean Anne Pearson; and her beloved cats Hermie and Brady.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sisters Betty, Margarette, Lucille, and Virginia. 

Mary enjoyed working in the yard, sewing, doing crafts, dancing, and listening to music.  She was an avid fan of Elvis and Kenny Rogers.  Mary worked as a sales associate at Black’s Hardware for 17 years and at MAB Paints until she was 82 years old.    

A celebration of life service will be held in Mary’s honor at 3pm on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Champaign, IL, 710 N. Neil St. Champaign, IL.  Memorial visitation will be held prior from 1:30pm - 3:00pm at the funeral home.  Please join her family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her tribute wall at

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