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Mary Brocksmith

February 28, 1968 October 22, 2019
Mary Brocksmith
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Obituary for Mary Brocksmith

Mary Brocksmith, age 51, of West Peoria, moved with her typical deliberation onward to her heavenly reward on the afternoon of October 22, 2019 surrounded by her family.

Mary was born in the later evening on the edge of a leap year on February 28, 1968, in Quincy, Illinois, to Gerald and Arlene (Peter) Brocksmith. Surely she had already recognized that if she was late (proceeding with Mary-like deliberation) on the occasion of her own birth, she might risk losing out on 75% of future opportunities for celebrative birthday cake and ice cream.

While those who witnessed her industry might never know it, in her later years she occasionally encouraged the younger ones around her to avoid sacrificing joy and living for the sake of work. Over the course of her life she worked at Holiday Drive In Theatre, Westlake Cinemas, and Heyl, Royster, Voelker and Allen.

Since her first year she was a resident of Peoria and West Peoria except for a foreign exchange student experience in Braunschweig, West Germany.

Mary invested tremendous energy and time in those who surrounded her. Family was her everything. She marshalled family and friends to celebrate the significant events of life. Some of those events may have been fabricated from whole cloth simply as an excuse to get together...and for Mary to feed us. On such occasions she pressured the rest of us to pose for seemingly endless group photos. (I’m so sorry for griping about it at the time. You were right, Mary Beth.) Mary led the way for those around her to create memories.

She is survived by her mom Arlene along with siblings Karen Massey, Joe Brocksmith (Cathy Brocksmith), Tony Brocksmith (Elaine Edwards), Mike Brocksmith, and Ross Brocksmith (Shelli Brocksmith); nieces and nephews Jennifer, Samantha, Jessica, Spencer, Garrett, Simon, Jordyn, Ben, Madeleine and Willem; and grand niece and grand nephews Emma, Carter and Henry.

She was a parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Mary was preceded in death by her pops Jerry.

Visitation will be held of Friday, October 26, 2019 between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM with an additonal visitation being held 30 minutes prior to mass. Franciscan Friars will officiate and burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mark Linder Walk for the Mind to support brain tumor research. Mary invested tremendous energy for many years to this organization. It would make her smile to see us do the same.

Cancer took her mortal body; her soul and her spirit forever will escape its grasp.

Forever 33. Because it's cute.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

25

Oct

5:00 PM 10/25/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/25/2019 7:00:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

26

Oct

10:30 AM 10/26/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/26/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

26

Oct

11:00 AM 10/26/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Mark Linder Walk for the Mind

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