Maryalice Worley, 75, Eucharistic minister, architecture buff

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Maryalice Worley, nee Ryan, 75, died peacefully on April 12, 2012 in the presence of two close friends and caregivers, Jerri Hill and Rita Parrish, at the Bethesda Home in Chicago. Born in Oak Park, she attended St. Angela Grammar School, Trinity High School, and Loyola University, where she earned a B.A. as a history major.

Mrs. Worley then took a position as a research assistant for Dwight Spencer & Associates in Chicago until her first child was born. As a stay-at-home mom, she became active in several organizations, such as the Women's Architectural League and the League of Women Voters. She was also a Eucharistic minister for St. Giles Church, providing communion for residents of the Woodbine Nursing Home in Oak Park.

When her youngest child neared high school graduation, she returned to the work force as a sales associate for Marshall Field's Water Tower, selling crystal and china. Friends and family say she had a smile that could light up a room and she was always smiling. A people person, she was very caring and compassionate with many friends. She was a prolific writer and took the time to send appropriate notes or letters to those experiencing both joy and sorrow.

On April 2, 1999 (Good Friday), Maryalice Worley was hit by a Pace bus at the intersection of Marion and Lake streets in Oak Park while shopping for Easter gifts for her grandsons. After several brain surgeries, she was placed in various rehabilitation facilities and eventually came to reside at the Bethesda Home.

Maryalice Worley is survived by her husband, Marvin (Bud) Worley; her children, Michael (Darcy), Carrie (Paul) Stogryn and Alissa; and her grandchildren, John Ryan and Timothy Michael.

Visitation was held on April 23 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Giles on April 24, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls ( ) or to the Women's Architectural League Foundation's Recognition Program for Architectural Scholarships (

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