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Full Text of SR0675  95th General Assembly



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2     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3 learn of the death of Mary Jean Roush of Downers Grove, who
4 passed away on March 16, 2008; and
5     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush was born as Mary Jean Willman on
6 September 10, 1924 in Owosso, Michigan; she met her future
7 husband, Roy Roush, at Michigan State University; they were
8 married in 1946 at her family's summer cottage on Mullett Lake
9 in northern Michigan; and
10     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush attended Michigan State
11 University and was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority; and
12     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush had an illustrious career as a
13 kindergarten teacher in the Downers Grove District, teaching at
14 both Lincoln and Hillcrest Elementary Schools; she was awarded
15 a Teacher of the Year designation in 1982 in recognition of her
16 work; she often stated that she loved teaching kindergarten
17 because the children wore their hearts on their sleeves; and
18     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush spent her summers at her beloved
19 cottage on Mullett Lake, Michigan; she loved the local flora
20 and wildlife, and when she arrived at the beginning of each
21 summer, the birds and animals always appeared as if to welcome



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1 her; she regularly attended concerts at Bay View in Petoskey
2 and supported several local charities, including the Little
3 Traverse Conservancy; and
4     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush was an active member of the First
5 United Methodist Church in Downers Grove; she participated in
6 J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others, and Yourself) as a young adult and later
7 attended Young at Heart meetings; she forged many friendships
8 within the church and particularly appreciated the talents of
9 the musicians and various choirs, including the bell choirs;
10 and
11     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush enjoyed music and playing the
12 piano; she was known for her artistic flair and her creative
13 Halloween costumes; and
14     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush always kept her home open to her
15 family and friends; the family hosted an exchange student from
16 South Africa, Marie Von Straaten, who remains a close-knit part
17 of the family; and
18     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush is survived by her sister, Dorothy
19 Lausten; her daughters, Susan Devick and Martha Winchell; her
20 granddaughters, Dr. Jennifer LaBonte, Erin Winchell Koval,
21 Samantha Devick, Ashley Devick, and Lindsay Devick; and her
22 triplet great-grandchildren, Luke, Cecilia, and Jillian



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1 LaBonte; and
2     WHEREAS, Mary Jean Roush will be remembered by all who knew
3 and loved her for her love of family and children; therefore,
4 be it
6 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
7 her family and friends, the passing of Mary Jean Roush; and be
8 it further
9     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
10 presented to the family of Mary Jean Roush as an expression of
11 our sympathy.