Mary Jane Ulrey, age 70, passed away on August 13, 2022, in her loving home from natural causes. At her time of passing, she was accompanied by her granddaughter Jessica Ritter, great-granddaughter Amaya Knoop, as well as a family friend.
Mary was such a diligent daughter, loving mother and “Nana.” Born in Breese, Illinois she would likely call Centralia, Illinois her home. She graduated High School in Centralia, becoming a nursing aid before she moved to Texas, and promptly made nursing a career for nearly 30 years. She found her passion in that field. God, family, and nursing were the most important things to her in life and certainly she retains those values after. She would often watch Days of Our Lives and Golden Girls having watched both for decades. She was an avid fan of Gaither Vocal Band and Conway Twitty. She spent much time playing with her granddaughter every chance she got. A bit of a jester she would always do what she could to lighten the mood and make people laugh, teasing and joking anytime she had the opportunity.
Mary, an honorary “Golden Girl,” joined the afterlife with her late husband Private First Class, Raymond Leroy Bonner Jr.; her parents Marjorie Ulrey and Graydon Ulrey; her aunt Juanita McNary; her grandparents Gould Ulrey, Nellie Ulrey, Warren Swope, and France Shanks, and her sibling Steve Ulrey.
She is survived by her daughter Marjorie Bonner; grandchildren Mary Beth Ritter, Jessica Leanne Ritter, Michael Anthony Ritter, and Kayla Louise Monroe; and great-grandchildren Shanley Colt Peters, Kortlan Jaksun Felder, and Amaya Grace Knoop; her siblings Bill Ulrey and Bob Ulrey; four nieces, two nephews and several great nieces and nephews along with many other loved ones and friends.
This world has lost such an amazing woman and friend, the light she brought to this world will never be replaced but will always be remembered, forever, always.
Thank you for being a friend.