The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 2, 2014

Mary Jane Belton

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Mary Jane Belton, 99, of Battle Creek, Mich., and formerly of Danville, Ill., died Jan. 28, 2014.

Mary Jane was born July 19, 1914, in Danville to Charles and Nina (Pederson) Walker.

She graduated from Danville High School and married John Belton. The couple raised four children. And when Mary Jane was not tending to the house, she was working as a bookkeeper at the Belton Candy Company. She was a very loving mother and a dedicated caregiver to her daughter Julia.

Mary Jane had a variety of interests, and many of those were involved with music. She was classically trained in dancing and often participated in high school events in singing and piano playing. She also accompanied the Elks Minstrels as a pianist. She also enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, gardening and swimming. When election time came around, Mary Jane worked as a poll staffer at the elections.

Mary Jane is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Ely of Battle Creek, Mich., and Marianne Gilmore of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Charles “Buzz” (Jane) Walker; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her loving husband, John; a son, Jack Belton; a daughter, Julia Belton; a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Ely; and a great-grandson, Zachary Belton.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek, Mich. A Mass of Christian burial to celebrate Mary Jane’s life will begin at 11 a.m. CST Saturday, Feb. 8, at St. Paul’s Catholic Parish, 1303 N. Walnut, Danville, officiated by Fr. Gregory Nelson and Fr. Paul Faulstich, S.J. Interment will be held privately at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, 3496 E. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

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