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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Mary Beth Due

1958 - 2021

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Mary Beth Due, 62, of Champaign, IL passed away March 17,2021 at 2:06 pm at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana, IL.  In accordance with family wishes, she will be cremated and her family will host a Memorial Service this summer.  

Mary Steenbergen married Louis P. Due on April 30,1994 in Savoy, IL . She worked as an R.N. at all the local hospitals in her nursing career which spanned 35 years. The only thing she loved more than being a nurse was her role as a doting mother to Charlie, which she relished.

Mary graduated from Centennial H.S. in Champaign, IL and graduated from the nursing program from Parkland College, Champaign. She is survived by her mother Betty Louise Steenburgen (Fisher, IL) Sister Deb (Dave) Keller, of LaPorte IN. brother Sam (Kelly) of Fisher IL. Sister Mel (Maggie) Thomas of Boston,MA. She was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Sylvester Steenbergen, in November 2018. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Although physically devastated with a quadraplegic stroke in 2014, Mary never complained and never quit in her battle for recovery. Even after surgery for breast cancer 5 years later, she was determined to be at home and enjoy the kind of kindess and support from her friends and family that sustained her for the rest of her life. Though it was hard to witness someone we loved so much work so hard in therapy, but to no avail. it was inspiring to be an every day witness to real, true courage. Her memory will forever be a blessing to her husband, whom she loved and to her son , whom she adored.

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Maddie (Rimpas) Getzoff

March 25, 2021 9:12 AM

Mary, I am so sad to hear of your passing, but feel so grateful to have been able to get to know you while working in Urbana as a PT. I treasure the laughs and stories you and Lou shared, as you maintained your sense of humor and humility even in the face of such adversity. I am so glad that our paths crossed when they did, and have continued to think of you often, even as we moved away from IL, and hope that you have found peace now - looking down on us and playing practical jokes, gracing us with perfectly-timed one-liners, and that infectious laugh of yours. 

Lawrence N Rolnicki

March 23, 2021 12:01 PM

Very sorry for your loss.

Gayle Zuehls

March 21, 2021 4:55 PM

My heart is saddened to hear of Mary's passing She was a tremendous blessing to me as years ago she undertook to orient me  to nursing at Carle hospital. Later she gave me an opportunity to work with her again at the Pavilion.She was so wonderful to work with and I had the privilege to call her my friend.Years later she came to my home in her capacity as a home health care RN to check on my husband after his heart surgery. She was supportive warm kind and a true friend. I thank God for her life and the privilege of knowing her.

Debra Keller

March 20, 2021 5:44 AM

I go to sleep thinking of you, I wake thinking of you...but with a sense of peace and calm now. It used to be anguished thinking of how you felt. When I got dressed, drove my car, bought groceries, I remembered you could not. With each day passing after your stroke, I was more appreciative of the smallest of tasks I could perform. Speaking, washing and dressing myself. Last year, when the pandemic hit and the world isolated, frozen in time....you said to me..."now the world knows how I feel". You never for a moment lost your intellect or brilliance. You discovered what most of us will never know and in a new life where you could and should of been self absorbed, you were not. You are now a real angel. I love you, I miss you, I will cherish our memories and speak of you often and tell the world about my amazing sister. Peace sis I know you are playing the Eagles loudly in Heaven. Deb

Debra Keller

March 19, 2021 4:48 PM

Sister I know you are soaring around with your new wings. Rest well, enjoy your flight, I feel you watching over us all and protecting your loved ones from your new home. Always a daddy's girl it brings us joy knowing you are with him. I love 💕 you. We will keep loving your cherished ones. Deb

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