Bemis Croghan nee Chambliss, Mary Alice

Date: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 Noon

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private inurnment at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.


Mary Alice Bemis Croghan of St. Clair, MO, formerly St. Louis, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on January 3, 2019, having reached the age of eighty-nine years, eight months and twenty-five days. Mary was born in Salem, IL, on April 9, 1929, daughter of Fred Chambliss, Sr. and Irene Chambliss nee Neiwald. As a young woman, she was united in marriage to Leroy Myron Bemis and four children came to bless this union. In later years she was married to Joseph Michael Croghan, known to all as Joe.

Mary is survived by her sons, Gary Bemis and wife, Martha, of St. Clair, MO, Terry Bemis and wife, Margie, of Okmulgee, OK, and David Bemis of Springfield, MO; by six grandchildren, Shawn Bemis and wife, Autumn, of St. Louis, MO, Matthew Bemis and wife, Jennifer, of Union, MO, Sarah Bemis-Hobbs and husband, Mike, of Pittsburg, PA, Emily Flemming and husband, Jeff, of Shawnee, OK, Connor Bemis of Eureka, MO and Kenzie Bemis of Eureka; by many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Fred, Sr. and Irene Chambliss; by her husbands, Leroy Myron Bemis and Joe Croghan; by her daughter, Barbara Neely; by one grandson, Christopher Bemis, and by three brothers, Robert, Fred Jr. and Virgil Chambliss.

Mary was a Christian, having been raised in the Baptist faith and believing in the Lord as her Savior. During her working career she was employed by Holiday Inn as a bookkeeper in the accounting department. Her love for travel took her on river cruises, travelling around the world, including Ireland, where she attended a football game between Notre Dame and the Navy. Mary also enjoyed doing needlepoint and volunteering at Delmar Gardens in Afton, MO. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live on in their hearts forever.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Memorial services were held at 12:00 PM Friday, January 11, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with Pastor Matthew Hayter officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.