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Mary "Elaine" Elrod

Mary “Elaine” Elrod, nee Flake, 85, of O’Fallon, IL, born January 7, 1932 in East St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Aviston Countryside Manor, Aviston, IL.  

Elaine was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved life and being surrounded by her family and friends.  She never met a stranger and was so proud to be a military wife and shared the memories and stories with all of us.  No matter where we lived, she made it our home and dedicated her life to our family.  She also loved her close family at Countryside Manor.
Elaine was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry “Butch” Muniz, whom she was married to for a brief time until his death in 1957; her husband of 45years, Daniel R. Elrod, whom she married on September 5, 1959, and who died on January 31, 2005; her parents, Louis and Rachel, nee Simpson, Flake; four brothers, Roland, Louis, Joseph and Robert Flake; and a sister, Dolores Howard; two nephews, Larry Flake and James “Jimmy” Flake.

She is survived by her four children, Donna (Craig) Roper of Centralia, IL,
Lori (Jerry) Burch of St. Louis, MO,
Daniel (Net) Elrod of O’Fallon, IL,
Lisa (Terry) Miller of Freeburg, IL;
three grandchildren, Megan (Michael) Diekemper,
    Jordan (Andrea) Roper,
    and Joel (Noel) Elrod;
a great-grandchild, Case Diekemper;
a sister, Rose, nee Flake, Bennett of Belleville, IL;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, to the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to the Aviston Countryside Manor Activity Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL, with Fr. Jim Deiters officiating.  Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.

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