Mary Elisabeth Steckler, 93, of 2130 Harrison St., formerly of 2 Riverside Terrace, died at 2:57 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 7, 2013) in the Good Samaritan Home. She was born July 28, 1920, in Quincy, a daughter of David Richard and Carrie Belle Thayer Thomas. She married Bernard Otto Steckler on Oct. 4, 1940, in Quincy. He preceded her in death. Mary was a 1938 graduate of Quincy High School. She was baptized at age 12 in Emmanuel Baptist Church. She had been a member of Central Baptist Church since 1938, where she was active in missionary circles and many other areas over the years. She was a member of the Loyal Workers Sunday School Class. She was a prayer warrior and spent countless hours praying for others and witnessing to many. Mary was a very generous and loving person. She often took food to families who were having difficult times. She volunteered with the American Red Cross. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and entertaining. She dearly loved her family and friends, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, who she called her "angels." Survivors include two children, Steve (Judith) Steckler of Branson, Mo., and Becky (Sage Taber) Steckler of St. Louis; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. David (Jakay) Steckler of Quincy; six grandchildren, Paul (Debbie) Steckler of St. Peters, Mo., Shawn (Jackie) Steckler of Quincy, Stephanie Guilfoyle of Oceanside, Calif., Janna (Pat) McKenna of Chattanooga, Tenn., Chad Steckler of Omaha, Neb., and Kate (Justin Wolsmann) Steckler of Omaha; 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence T. Snider of Yuma, Ariz.; many loving nieces, nephews and friends; and her pastor, the Rev. Ivan Greuter. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Wm. David Steckler; and two brothers, Richard and John Thomas. Mary's family would like to thank all the staff at Good Samaritan Home for their loving care. SERVICES: 2 p.m. Tuesday in Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Ivan Greuter conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery. VISITATION: Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the church. MEMORIALS: Central Baptist Church. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2013