Mary Louise Lael

Mary Louise Lael, 87, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Centennial Pointe Assisted Living in Springfield.

She was born January 11, 1930 in Quincy, IL to Charles A. and Alvina C. Parks (Steen). She married Eugene S. Lael on June 2, 1947 in Osceola, AR. and he preceded her in death on October 23, 1999.

She is survived by two sons, Robert (Kelly) Lael of Edinburg and Gary Lael of Hernando, FL; three daughters, Mary (Terry) Fairclough of Springfield, Marsha (Rick) Neuber of Surprise, AZ and Pamela (Steve) Eairheart of Lawton, OK; ten grandchildren, Matthew Lael, Timothy Lael, Jessica Lael, Nicole Lael, Alyshia Rightnowar, Staci Britz, Heather Sisson, Sean Fairclough, Jasen Eairheart and Melissa Beauchamp; eleven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jack (Sheryl) Parks of Keller, TX. She was preceded in death by triplet siblings, Roy, Joy and Janet Rae Parks who died shortly after birth in 1950; brother, George A. Parks; two sisters, Helen J. Lintner and Patsy L. Parks-Noppe; and a daughter-in-law, Debra McKenzie Lael.

Mary was a lifelong Cubs fan and enjoyed watching multiple baseball games every day during the season, not just her Cubs. She worked as a nurse’s aide at several Springfield area nursing homes for over 40 years. Her passion was taking care of her people at those homes, they were her extended family. She also cared deeply about her many friends and the staff at Montvale Independent Living Center. Montvale was her home for over 6 years until shortly before her passing. The family would like to sincerely thank The Great Lakes Hospice Team, the staff at Centennial Pointe and one of their special residents, Barbara, who was mom's guardian angel while she was there.

Private family services will be held with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Animal Protective League, Springfield c/o Sager Funeral Home, 202 East 8th Street, Beardstown, IL  62618. Condolences may be sent to the family online at