Sue Ellen Mulligan O’Hara Black DeFord
Sue Ellen Mulligan O’Hara Black DeFord passed from this world on Tuesday, June 5, following a long illness.
She was born at Schmidt Memorial Hospital in Beardstown to Betty Mulligan on May 6, 1954. She lived for a while at Patterson Bay in Bath. By her family and friends, she was known as Sue, Suzie or Moon!
Sue was raised on the Werscheid family homestead, better known lovingly as “Ranch 101.” Suzie was a free spirit and enjoyed life on the Illinois River including swimming, boating, fishing, frying fish for family and friends, hunting morel mushrooms and riding her horse, entering riding competitions and riding in many parades.
She also enjoyed carnivals, concerts, entertaining family and friends at parties and picnics, the Cubs baseball team and the birds, flowers and animal life in her own yard. Her greatest joy was spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
Surviving are her daughter, Tiffiny Ann (Israel) Hernandez of Bolingbrook; her son, Timothy Richard Mulligan of Springfield; grandchildren: Braxton, Ivan & Jonathan Hernandez of Bolingbrook; aunts: Peggy Mulligan White of Springfield, Patricia Ann (Glenn) Kaiser of Paxton; cousins: Nancy Wedeking of Springfield, Dr. & Mrs. Fred Wedeking, Rick Wedeking, Tammy (Steve) Withers, all of Kalamazoo, MI, Ritch Wedeking of Chicago, Doris Ann (Jr) Perez of Jacksonville, Jarret & Jacquelyn Perez of TX, Kim (Jeff) Brown, Greg Kaiser, Ted Kaiser, all of Paxton and Debra (Marty) Hood, Ashly Hood & daughter Zayda, all of Beardstown.
Sue was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Mulligan of Beardstown; grandparents: T.R. & Margaret Mulligan; Uncle Bud Werscheid of Beardstown; Aunt Gladys Wedeking of Springfield; Uncle A.J. “Muggs” Mulligan, Aunt Nancy Ellen Mulligan; Aunt and Uncle Jacqueline & Lewis Kelly; cousin Mary Lucinda Mulligan; ex-husband, Pat O’Hara all of Beardstown; Sterling Douglas Stewart of Quincy and her constant companion, her precious, little Yorkie, Rascal, who was awaiting her arrival on the “Rainbow Bridge.”
As this world closed its door to Suzie, Heaven's door opened to receive this beautiful, green eyed Irish lass!
Cremation has been accorded. There will be no formal services. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sagerfuneralhome.com.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of the arrangements.