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Mary A. Stockdale

January 26, 1928 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old

Mary Stockdale Obituary

Mary Angelean’s Story 

 

On Thursday, January 26, 1928, in the city of Lilbourn, Missouri, Lettie Myrtle Barron, and Israel Calvert Jr. welcomed a little girl into the world, and they named her Mary Angelean Calvert.

Angelean, as she was affectionately called, would be showered with love by her entire family.  The seeds of love, faith, and kindness were planted in her by her grandparents, which in turn would bloom and yield an overflowing harvest that she generously shared throughout her life. 

Her early years were spent with her maternal grandparents John and Lula Barron (big poppa and big mamma). At the age of seven, Angelean went to live with her paternal grandparents Rev. Israel and Sarah Calvert Sr.  During her pre-teen years, Angelean would return to the care of her mother Lettie and stepfather William Hayward and enjoy being a big sister to Leila (Puddin) and Barbara. 

Angelean married Clarence Stockdale on November 22, 1944.  Their marriage would last for over six decades. They would have the awesome responsibility of rearing six children: David, Sandra, William, Anthony, Angela, and Bruce.  Angelean poured love into her family, raising her children with a mighty hand, outstretched arms, and a loving heart. She was loyal to her family and always put them first. 

In 1951, the Stockdale family left Lilbourn for good and moved to Chicago, IL.   They would eventually settle on the westside of Chicago.

As the granddaughter of a minister, Angelean spent most of her youth in the church. There was never a time where Christ was not at the center of her life. She was a longtime member of New Greater St John Community MBC under Rev. LeRoy Elliott.  However, in 1985, she and a small group of believers formed what was then called Greater St John Holiness MBC.  She was faithful to God and her church and did all she could to keep the church growing.  Mother Stockdale served Greater St John and Pastor Ira Acree faithfully for more than three decades until her health no longer permitted her to regularly attend service. Over the years, Mother Stockdale used her gifts on many ministries from being a Sunday School Teacher, Missionary, Finance Officer, and Fundraiser.  She had no problem rolling up her sleeves.  She had a servant’s heart.  But it was being a member of the Mother’s Board that gave her the most fulfillment and joy.  Mother Stockdale made sure her tithes were sent and her communion was dispersed.

Angelean was a kind-hearted woman with a welcoming spirit.  She was always willing to lend a helping hand.  Angelean was an amazing cook.  Her fried chicken, collard greens, and sweet potato pie were unmatched.  She loved to talk!  If you were her friend, you knew it!  She had an excellent memory and was thought of as the family historian.  Angelean was a wise counselor and was always willing to assist anyone with nuggets of wisdom on everything from finance to romance.   Angelean was a class act, from the way she carried herself to her style of dress.  

Some people in our lives leave much too soon.  These special people departed prior to Angelean: her sister Leila Moore; her husband Clarence Stockdale; her daughter Angela; three sons David, William, Anthony, and her grandson Bruce.

On Thursday, January 18, 2024, Mary Angelean Stockdale’s earthly story ended.  No longer would she be concerned about the troubles of this world.  She labored on this earth for almost 96 years.  She will be forever cherished by her children Sandra and Bruce (Chanda); her baby sister Barbara (Benjamin) Armstrong Sr. of Ojai, CA.; Sister-in-law Rosie Nevins of Kansas City, MO.; eight grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, neighbors, and dear friends. 

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Services

Visitation
Monday
January 29, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Corbin Colonial Funeral Chapel
5345 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60644

Wake
Tuesday
January 30, 2024

10:00 AM
Greater St. John Bible Church
1256 North Waller Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

Funeral Service
Tuesday
January 30, 2024

11:00 AM
Greater St. John Bible Church
1256 North Waller Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

Interment following funeral service
Tuesday
January 30, 2024

Oakridge Cemetery
4301 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162

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