Mary Elizabeth Waters
Mary Elizabeth Waters
  • November 18, 1916 - March 9, 2017
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Waters passed away on March 9, 2017 at Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City at the age of 100. She lived on her own until she was 99 years old with the help of her daughter and son-in-law. Libby was born on November 18, 1916 to Edna E. and John Olin Bales in Kansas City, MO. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, who died two years before she was born, and her husband, Thomas Floyd Waters. She is survived by her only daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Mason "Smokey" Jett of OKC, two grand-daughters, Sharon Jett of Frisco, TX and Betsy Jett Gaske of Edmond, OK, and two great grandsons, Coulter and Landon Gaske of Edmond. She spent her early life in Oblong and Casey Illinois and Martinsville, IN. She graduated from Mattoon, IL High School in 1934 and then attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College. She married Thomas Floyd Waters on March 6, 1937 in Champaign, IL. During WWII, she worked with her mother in the Jane Lee dress shop in Decatur, IL. After the war, she and her husband moved to Salem, IL where they lived for 33 years. She attended the Salem Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School in the Primary Department. While in Salem she was active in the Marion County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and was publicity chairman for many years. She was President of the Oak Park PTA and was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for Troop # 6 for seven years and always helped with the SCHS Band fund raisers. In 1979, she and her husband moved to Oklahoma City to enjoy time with their children and grandchildren. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in OKC. Services will be held at Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Chapel on March 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 19th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper and the family will be there from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Salem Presbyterian Church in Salem, IL, Westminster Presbyterian Church in OKC, or to Heritage Hall School in OKC.