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Mary Lee Cowley
Sunday May 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sunday May 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Services will conclude at the funeral home)
Burial Location
Inurnment: Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, IL

Mary Lee Cowley, at rest May 17, 2017, born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1923, has been welcomed with open arms by her late husband, Bill, her parents Earl and Mary Belle Gray, and sister, Barbara Campbell. She was the cherished mother of Nancy Heinzelman (Steve) and Jim Cowley (Pat). She was the most awesome Nana to Robin and Kenny Heinzelman and Ian Cowley. They had an incredible bond that will never be forgotten. Mary Lee, (not Mary!) worked for the Highway Department in Pennsylvania and served in the American Red Cross during the war. After that, she left for the big city of Chicago to become a ticket agent for Delta Airlines. Her love of that job transferred to the love of her life and that is how she met Bill. She would take the ticket proceeds to the bank for deposit where he was a teller at Harris Trust. She would always say she walked in the bank, but swayed out. She finished her work experience at Marshall Fields in Oakbrook, Illinois, where she spent most of what she made! Mary Lee was a member of Highlands Presbyterian Church, LaGrange, IL. She truly loved the people that she worshipped with and did the work of the Lord. Mary Lee had a life-long companion in WGN radio. She called the people on the station her extended family. Her true passion was that of the Chicago Cubs. She was one of the original Die Hard fans. Through thick and thin she was always with them; always listening to the games on WGN. Winning the pennant was all that she wanted for her Cubbies and when that dream came true, winning the World Series was just a magical moment that would never be forgotten. Visitation Sunday May 21st from 1:00 pm until time of funeral service 3:00 pm at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook. Services will conclude at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cubs Care, your local ASPCA, and Highlands Presbyterian Church Women’s Association. Service information: 630-325-2300 or


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