Mary Lou lived in His great light and will forever lovingly be remembered by her family and friends as a woman of god, a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother. She was a true testament of sacrifice, integrity, and hard work. Now, she has joined her beloved husband of 63 years, Lloyd Eugene “Gene” Covault, who preceded her in death three years prior.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The Reiff Family Center is assisting the
family with arrangements.
Mary Lou was born April 19 1935 in Decorah, as the daughter of David and Muriel (Foltz) Thompson. She was Raised on a farm with her sister Marjorie in rural Burr Oak. She graduated the class of 1953 at Decorah High School. After high school, Mary Lou went on a trip with friends to Seattle, Wash. to visit family. It was on that trip to Seattle that she met Lloyd Eugene Covault. A year later they were married on Dec. 11, 1954 at the Seattle Methodist Church in Washington. Mary Lou worked in the Boeing factory offices during her husband’s time in the U.S. Navy. After Lloyd was honorably discharged from the military, they moved to Waterloo where Mary Lou worked at the Rath Packing Plant. In the Early 1960’s they bought a farm in Stillman Valley, Ill. where Mary Lou became a fulltime home maker, raised their two children, gardened and was active in thier local church life. In the 1970’s Mary Lou worked in Rockford, Ill. where she found her calling, helping those in need. Later, she managed a women and children’s shelter eventually opening a “Goodwill” type store for the Rockford Rescue Mission.
Family was of great value to Marylou and Lloyd. As such, they moved to Delhi to be closer to their son and his children. Later they moved once more to Mohomet, Ill. to be closer to their daughter and her children. They constantly commuted to stay close and connected with their family and no distance could have ever been too far.
Her relationship with God was always present in her daily life. She enjoyed studying the bible and mentoring others through His love. Mary Lou considered all her friends at church to be family. She always did things out of the goodness of her heart, like helping others through their struggles and hardships.
Mary Lou Covault is survived by her two children; David Covault of Independence and Rachelle (Todd) Hubble of Mahomet, Ill. Her seven grandchildren: Jake and Justin Covault, Crystal (Mike) Hulse, Jack, Clay, Cole and Elle Hubble. Her three great-grandchildren: Emma Lou and Piper Covault and Baby Hulse. As well as her brother and sister-in-law Dale and Pat White of Waverly.
She is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd, her parents and a sister, Marjorie Bersie
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