Mary Lou King was born in Kankakee, on May 11, 1931. Mary Lou was the daughter of Lucille (Wayne) Cox. On January 28, 1950 she married Marwood King of Reddick, Illinois. 

Mary Lou and Marwood lived on the family farm for over 50 years until moving to Bradley in 2004. Marwood passed away in 2008. They were both members of the Catholic Church in Essex, Reddick and most recently Bradley. 

Mary Lou was a very active seamstress all of her life and loved to be creative with the clothes and home furnishings she would create. 

Mary Lou is survived by her sons and daughters in law, James and Virginia of Gardner, Jeff and VaLinda and Craig and Janet both of Reddick, along with one daughter Denise Carta of Limestone. Denise’s husband, Len, passed in 2013. She was so proud of her nine grandchildren; Megan (Erwin), Michael, Joshua (Melanie), Meredith, Melissa (Derek), Danielle (Matt), Alex, Andrew (Ashlen), Lauren and six great grandchildren, Kaedyn, Kayahna, Brynn, Knox, Karlie and Noah. Mary Lou also had Barney, her beloved dog to keep her company. She was preceded in death by her sisters Joyce Tibbs and Jean Paquette. 

Due to the current pandemic, a private family service will be held with Clancy-Gernon-Hertz Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in Mary Lou's name.