PEORIA – Martha Maroon, 81, of Peoria, passed away at 4:37 a.m., Friday, December 7, 2012 at Rosewood Care Centerin Peoria surrounded by family.
Martha was born December 25, 1930 in Itoo, Lebanon to Badwi Lahoud Sous and Akleh (Slyman) Sous. She married Ed Maroon on August 3, 1947 in Itoo. They then traveled aboard the SS Marine Jumper to the United States in October 1947 residing in Peoria. Ed preceded her in death on August 12, 1979.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Jamileh (Michel) Younes, Antoinette (Gerald) Moses and brother-in-laws, Michel Deeb Younes and James Bud Simpson.
Martha is survived by four sons, Charles (Eleanor) Maroon of Morton, Ed (Christine) Maroon of Peoria, James (Geralyn) Maroon of Lombard, IL, and Sie P. (Kimberly) Maroon of Peoria; one daughter, Charlotte M. Maroon of Lombard, IL; two brothers, Joseph (Judy) Sous of Tallahassee, FL and Lahoud (Souad) Sous of Peoria; and two sisters, Julia (Steve Fred) Elias and Marie Simpson both of Peoria. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was self-educated and owned Chicken-A-Go-Go and The Cedar Club Restaurants in Peoria. She later worked as a cook at the Itoo Hall, Peoria.
Martha baked Lebanese bread in her home for many years. She was happiest when she was cooking or baking, and she never used a recipe book.
She was a member of St. Sharbel Catholic Church in Peoria and the Itoo Society.
Martha had been ill for several years, remaining at home until about three years ago when she moved to Rosewood Care Center, Peoria.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Monday, December 10, 2012 at St. Sharbel Catholic Church. Chorbishop Faouzi Elia, Father Bechara Awada, and Father Thomas Henseler will officiate. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, December 9, 2012 at St. Sharbel Catholic Church with recitation of the Rosary at 6:45 p.m. An additional visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Wright & Salmon is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Sharbel Catholic Church, the Itoo Society, or Passages Hospice.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.