Bloomington – Mary Esther Spicer was called home by Our Lord on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in her home, surrounded by her loving family.
A Mass to celebrate her life will be at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Patrick Church of Merna. Following the Mass, burial will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Normal, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 1, at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care, Fresenius Kidney Care, the OSF Hospice Program or the American Diabetes Foundation.
Mary was born March 11, 1942, in Quincy, IL, to Elwood Robert Hall and Georgetta Elizabeth Hoffman Hall. She loved her Uncle Lewis and Aunt Helen Mittelberg as her second parents. She married her high school sweetheart, Tom Spicer, on July 21, 1962, in Liberty, IL. He survives. She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father Adam Myer, two brothers and her two baby Spicer’s.
She is also survived by five children: Mike Spicer, Santa Fe, NM; Tony (Peggy) Spicer, Normal; Greg Spicer, Bloomington; Mindi (Merril) Myers, Bloomington and Jeff (Kathy) Spicer, Bloomington. Also surviving is her sister, Katherine Schuckman, Normal; sister-in-law, Mary Monckton-Blickhan, Quincy, IL; ten grandchildren: Dana McCuen, T.J. Spicer, Travis (Kiara) Spicer, Dustin (Kelsey) Dehart, Ashlee Spicer, Danielle Myers, Joshua Myers, Madison Spicer, Adam Spicer, Emilee Spicer: and three great grandchildren: Alexis McCuen, Rylan White and Skylar Stephens; many special nieces and nephews and a very special puppy, Sugar Baby.
Mary was gifted with many talents including: landscape painter, card making, wedding planner, hair stylist and numerous other craft making skills. She was also renowned for her preparation of holiday meals for the entire family and extended family. Mary and Tom enjoyed many family camping trips as well as spending weekends with friends at the Kentuckiana Kampground in Mackinaw, IL. They also enjoyed many years of vacationing with their Cruise Buddies.
Mary made Cursillo #27 and was Rectora for Cursillo #698 for the Diocese of Peoria. Mary and Tom were also foster parents for nine children. Everyone who knew Mary immediately felt that they had a dear friend. She was often called by complete strangers to help with parent-child relationship issues. Tom would often say that Mary had more common sense in her little finger than he had in his whole body.
During Mary’s final few days, she asked her family and friends not to grieve but to celebrate with her. That was done with much joy, memories, gratitude and love. Words cannot express how much Mary will be missed by her loving soulmate of 60 years, her adoring family and her many dear friends – but we know that Mary will keep her promise to ask God to protect and guide those whom she loved and left behind.
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