Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Mary Liz Brace

Mary Liz Brace, age 74, of Quincy, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 6:53 a.m. in Blessing Hospital.

Mary Liz Brace | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, ILMary Liz was born December 18, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Robert H. and Helen L. Hart Wlecke. On November 23, 1962 she married Ronald V. Brace in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ in Quincy. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2008.

Mary Liz was a 1961 graduate of Quincy High School. She was a proud member of the Debutantes All Girl Drum and Bugle Corps, where she played the bugle. Mary Liz’s first job was as dental assistant for Dr. Francis Powers. She had worked as an audiometric technician at the Adams County Health Department for over 32 years. She loved working with the children, and she had tested over 250,000 children’s hearing during her years there. Mary Liz also had worked in the shoe department at Bergner’s from 1989 to 2003.

Mary Liz enjoyed ancestry and genealogical research. In her spare time, she also dabbled in ceramics. Most of all, Mary Liz will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include: a son, Steve (Robin) Brace of Omaha, NE; a daughter, Kelley (Matt Dallmier) Brace of Quincy; a grandson, Ryan Brace of Omaha, NE; a sister, Tootie (Larry) Million of Canton, OH; a brother-in-law, Thomas Beck, Sr. of Quincy; three nephews: Thomas Jr. (Amy) Beck; Pat (Jane) Carley; and Kevin Carley all of Quincy; two nieces: Nancy (Stan) Peter of Liberty, IL; and Debbie (Curt) Adams of Quincy; several great nieces and nephews; and a grand puppy, Pepper.

In addition to her husband, Mary Liz was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Sydney Carley, and Ginnie Beck

Services: 10:00 am Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Pastor Jayson Bennett officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday March 9, 2018 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Quincy Humane Society.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. So sorry for your loss.The Bible says at 1Corinthians 15:26 and the last enemy,death is to be brought to nothing.Hope reading this scripture will bring you and your family some comfort.For Bible questions please visit http://www.jw.org

  2. Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I enjoyed running into her at schools and getting caught up on the family…especially our babysitter known to my Kellee and Cory as “Big Kelly” (only to distinguish the two Kelly/Kellee’s). With sympathy, Vicki Blackwell

  3. Kelley, Steve and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Your mom and dad went to school with my parents and I was blessed to work with your mom for many years through vision and hearing at QJHS. Find peace knowing she is reunited with your dad for eternity. My sincere condolences.

  4. Steve, Kelley and family,
    May you know God’s comfort, strength, and peace through these hours. May the service Saturday celebrate her life and how she blessed others and may you be helped and blessed.

  5. Steve, Kelley and family,
    We were saddened to hear of your families loss. Remembering many enjoyable times with Mary Liz and the family at the South Side Boat Club. We know the thoughts and prayers of many are with you in this time of sorrow.

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