Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Mary W. Reeve

Mary W. Reeve, age 78, of Quincy, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 12:20 pm in Blessing Hospital.

Mary W. Reeve | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisMary was born June 8, 1940 in Iowa, the daughter of Earnest and Margaret Haugen Walter. She married Douglas W. on March 28, 1970 in Quincy, IL. He preceded her in death on September 17, 2013.

Mary was a 1958 graduate of Lakeview High School in Lakeview, Iowa. She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa in 1962. Mary had taught English at both Quincy Junior High School and the University of Iowa Magnet School. She was also an investment broker and a Certified Financial Planner for A.G. Edwards.

Mary was a member of PEO, AAUW, and Red Hat Ladies. She also sat on the board of directors of the Quincy Area Unmet Needs. Mary was a former member of Altrusa, a former member of Quincy Symphony Chorus, a former Girl Scouts of America Board Member, and a former youth mentor.

Mary had been both a member and the organist for First Union Congregational Church for many years. She was currently a member of Christ Lutheran Church.

Survivors include: two children: Kevin (Amanda) Reeve of Yorba Linda, CA; and Melissa (Joseph) Sims of Marianna, FL; twin grandchildren, Alexis and Eli Sims; a sister-in-law, Praticia Mead of Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and two nieces, Amy Mead of Virginia and Emily Mead of Brooklyn, NY.

In addition to her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Kathryn Gresko.

Memorial Service: 11:00 am Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church, with Rev. Gayle Pope officiating.

Inurnment: Mary’s ashes will be inurned at Woodland Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation: there will be no visitation, but friends are invited to a luncheon that will be served at the church immediately following the service.

Memorials: Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association or Christ Lutheran Church Endowment Fund


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

  1. My condolences to Kevin, Melissa and their families.
    I will always remember Mary as the quintessential teacher, the prudent, and positive presence in all gatherings. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met her and to enjoy her friendship at Christ Lutheran Church. ⛪️

  2. Sweet Mary, you will be missed. You have touched the lives of so many. We met during our years in Altrusa, and we continued to work together on the Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs. She was a caring and loving lady, and most recently she had fallen in love with her precious twin grandchildren. I loved just sitting with her and hearing about her travels around the world. But, most of all I loved her kindness and dedication to helping those who were struggling in our community. Safe home, sweet lady.

  3. Sending sincerest thoughts of sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Kevin, Melissa and their families.
    Your Mother and I did many things together; from having our writings published in a national publication, to sharing travels, seminars and wonderful dinner parties. I am so sorry for your loss. May our gracious God bless you and grant you strength and peace in your time of grieving. Regretfully, I will not be able to attend the service. I would love to see you. However, it is my grandson’s birthday and I must be present at his party. I will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Mary was my classmate way back when I was in high school, and she came this past summer for our alumni banquet and stayed a week in this little town of Lake View. She seemed healthy and alert, and I appreciated her wit and intelligence. Mary was very intelligent, and we will miss her. Yes, she was a musician, too.

  5. Sympathy and love to all. Loved playing duets with her through the years, for school and church. Mary was a dear friend and a great lady. I’ll miss her terribly.

  6. I have several distinct musical memories of Mary, including playing the reduction of the Bach Magnificat as a four hand realization, as well as duos during services at First Union. I am sorry for her passing, but glad for her time among us. Love and prayers from me and my parents to you at this time, and may music always be a source of serenity and peace.

  7. Best organist ever! Her playing will stick with me forever. Fantastic musician and person! So sorry for your loss.

  8. Mary wrapped her love and hospitality around a wide circle of diverse friends bringing people together in beloved community. Her kindness, generosity of spirit and wisdom were remarkable examples for all of us. She will be greatly missed.

  9. My deepest sympathy to the family. I have many happy memories of Mary. I was in Altrusa with her and enjoyed our projects together. She also served on the Girl Scout Board while I was the Executive Director and I appreciated her dedication and willingness to go an extra mile. My thoughts and hugs are with you.

  10. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family on the loss of your beloved Mom and grandmother. Mary was a wonderful friend and musician. We spent countless hours preparing for and performing Symphony Chorus concerts over the years. Mary is also fondly remembered for her keyboard accompaniments for Quincy Senior High School. We send love and prayers.

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