Mary Leona Yex of Ste. Genevieve died on Friday, February 28, 2020, at her home in Ste. Genevieve. She was 78 years old
She was born on August 13, 1941, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, a daughter of David Hughes and Mary (Gorney) Hughes.
She was married to Ronald C. Yex on June 15, 1963, and he survives in Ste. Genevieve.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Keith Yex and special friend Ann Thompson of Carthage, Illinois, William Yex and his wife Kathy of Redondo Beach, California, Ryan Yex of Ste. Genevieve; one daughter, Kathryn (Yex) Gray of Ste. Genevieve; one brother, Robert Hughes of Topeka, Kansas; one sister, Janet Hughes of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; eight grandchildren, Monica (Yex) Akers and her husband Willie, Timothy Yex and his wife Kelci, Race Yex, Enzo Yex, Zaylie Yex, Catlin Gray, Kirsten Gray and Corbin Gray; and two great-grandchildren, Lenore Akers and baby Yex.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David Hughes and Edward Hughes.
She played flute in her high school days and continued to enjoy music as a member of the St. Agnes Church choir. She enjoyed bowling, gardening of vegetables and flowers, and had a great love of butterflies and hummingbirds. In her last year, she took up adult coloring and loved sharing her work with her friends and family. She had a great love for her family and grandchildren.
She was an officer for the University of Missouri Extension in the 1970s, a Girl Scout leader in the 1980s, and a past vice president of the Ste. Genevieve Elementary PTA in the early 1990s. She volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul at St. Agnes Church and parish activities in the 2000’s.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6, at Basler Funeral Home in Ste. Genevieve. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Friday, March 6, at St. Agnes Church in Bloomsdale. Rev. Michael Benz will officiate. Burial will be at St. Agnes Cemetery in Bloomsdale. Basler Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1972 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114.