The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 30, 2014

Mary Sophia Gruelle

The Commercial-News

---- — Mary Sophia Gruelle, 90, of Danville went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on April 23, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Mary was a faithful follower and servant of our Lord Jesus Christ until her departure to heaven. She was a member of Second Church of Christ in Danville where she served the Lord in various ministries including delivering meals to the home-bound, being a prayer warrior for the prayer chain and cleaning the pews of the church sanctuary. In her daily walk with Jesus she was a blessing to so many people during her lifetime. By her faithful example and testimony many have come to personally know the love and salvation of Jesus Christ.

Mary was preceded in death by her two husbands, Louie Smith and Everett Gruelle; son, Douglas Keith Smith; and stepdaughter, Debbie Stocker.

She is survived by her sons, David Smith, Gary Smith and Bob Smith; her stepchildren, Connie McClintock and Dennis Gruelle; her granddaughter, Alexis Smith; grandson, Todd Smith; and great-grandchildren, Destiny Smith, Dylan Smith, Dawson Smith and Devin Smith.

The family would like to thank staff members of the Cardio Unit at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for their tender care.

A celebration of Mary’s departure to be with our Lord Jesus will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Second Church of Christ in Danville led by Senior Pastor Drew Mentzer. At Mary’s request, there will be no visitation or graveside service. Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, A Life Celebration Home, was entrusted with Mary’s last wishes.

In lieu of flowers, please show your love by donating to Mary’s favorite charity, Samaritan’s Purse. Donations can be made online at or checks payable to Samaritan’s Purse may be mailed to: Robert Smith, 1130 N. Dearborn, No. 601, Chicago, IL 60610.

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