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Mary (Mary Kay) Catherine Murray Crocker

September 12, 1943 February 17, 2020
Mary (Mary Kay) Catherine Murray Crocker
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Peoria- Mary (Mary Kay) Catherine Murray Crocker, 76, of Peoria passed away on Monday lifted by prayers and the love of her family and friends.

Mary Kay was born on September 12, 1943 in Peoria, IL to Anthony Murray and Ilma (Buettner) Murray. She married her beloved Julius H. Crocker on August 21, 1965.

She was preceded in death by her husband Julius, her son Julius M. Crocker, her brother Thomas Murray, and her parents Tony and Ilma.

Mary Kay is survived by her daughters, sons-in-love, and grandchildren: Elizabeth Knight (children Sarah, Alec, Liam & Katie), Jennifer (Pat) McKeown (children Moira, Declan, David, Gwen & Clare), and Catherine (Ray) Heller (children Tim (Jessica), Kevin & Annie).

Mary Kay graduated from Academy of Our Lady in Peoria and Rosary College in River Forest, IL.

Mary Kay was a vibrant, joyous, articulate communicator, faith filled mother, wife, and friend. Mary Kay was a dedicated teacher (serving 20+ years at Peoria Norte Dame in the religion and speech departments). She was an avid gardener which you would appreciate if you drove by the house in the summer and see the wildflowers in the front and the lush vegetable garden in the back. Her faith was fed by the rich Cursillo community where she played and prayed and led. Her “group” (Donna, Linda, Mary, Jeanette) formed at Cursillo was a weekly blessing for 30+ years. Mary Kay fought Alzheimer’s with grace and dignity that allowed us to see glimpses of her personality and humor until the end.

She lived her mission at her kitchen table where family meals were times to share, support and grow, and all were welcome. She always had a word, board or dice game close by and loved to play. She saw the good and loved a good book, a good story, good conversation and a good laugh. What was really special was she was not afraid to share the hard times too.

Mary Kay was blessed with a deep sense of faith & responsibility, she led her family by example. She celebrated her deep love for her husband of nearly 50 years and family with regular vacation get-aways that everyone looked forward to. She was happiest when she was outside and with family.

Visitation will take place from 4-6 pm at Wright & Salmon Mortuary Friday February 21st; a Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am Saturday, February 22nd at St. Vincent de Paul Church with visitation an hour before. A celebration will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Private internment will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

21

Feb

4:00 PM 2/21/2020 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 2/21/2020 6:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

22

Feb

10:00 AM 2/22/2020 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

22

Feb

11:00 AM 2/22/2020 11:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

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