Nancy A. Maher

February 26, 1935July 27, 2018

Nancy A. Maher, 83, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Illinois after her long fight to recover from a stroke. She was born on February 26, 1935 in Carroll, Iowa to Donald J. and Dorothy M. (Dierks) Smith. She married Donald P. Maher on July 16, 1955 in Carroll, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2017 in West Peoria, Illinois. She is also preceded in death by her infant son, brother, James C. Smith, and sister, Patricia (Bernie) Hill. Nancy is survived by two sons; Dennis (Jean) Maher and Matthew (Tammy) Maher, three grandchildren; Whitney (Kevin) Breweur, Daniel Maher and Delaney Maher, great grandchildren Kali Michele Breweur and her twin siblings on the way. Nancy began her working career at OSF in the late 1950s and later became a full time mother and wife. After her sons were grown she returned to work as a pharmacy tech at CVS (Revco) for the next 27 years, retiring in 2016 at the age of 81. She also served on the Limestone Walters public water board since its inception. She enjoyed being a part of any and all adventures throughout the years and especially those involving the activities of her grandchildren. Her family was always most important to her. Nancy was a very kind and giving person and never met anyone that she couldn’t talk with for hours. We were blessed to be a part of her life and our family has many wonderful memories to hold onto. We will miss her dearly. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel. The Rev. Lori Fornoff will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until services on Saturday at the Chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery near Elmwood, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Limestone Fire Department, OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or to the Bartonville American Legion Post #979. You may create an online condolence at


  • Donald J. Smith, Father
  • Dorothy M. (Dierks) Smith, Mother
  • Donald Paul Maher, Husband
  • Dennis and Jean Maher, Son
  • Matthew and Tammy Maher, Son
  • Whitney and Kevin Breweur, Granddaughter
  • Daniel Maher, Grandson
  • Delaney Maher, Granddaughter
  • Kali Michele Breweur and her twin siblings on the way, Great Grandchildren
  • Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald P. Maher; her infant son; her brother, James C. Smith; and her sister, Patricia (Bernie) Hill.

  • Dave Pitzer
  • Kevin Breweur
  • Matt Maher
  • Dennis Maher
  • Daniel Maher
  • Mike Smith

  • the Limestone Fire Department, OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or the Bartonville American Legion Post # 979


  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

Nancy A. Maher

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Karen Miner

August 5, 2018

Matt, Denny and families....your mom was the epitome of kindness and caring. I’ve never met a sweeter woman. You are so blessed to have had her in your lives so long, and be able to create so many wonderful memories!
I remember every year when the asparagus was ready. She and your dad made sure I got plenty! How I loved and looked forward to that every year! Don always told me he dug them up, there wasn’t any this year, etc. How I loved them both!
My thoughts and my prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I hope you find peace in your hearts with all the great memories.
Love to all.

Gil Johnson

August 4, 2018

Denny, Matt and families . My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Nancy will never ever be forgotten and always remembered for her positive selfless ways. She did anything for anyone and what a wonderful role model. When I think of Nancy what comes to mind is A everlasting impression, she was my second mother! Love you guys! My thoughts and prayers to your family!

Gil Johnson

Jeff Yeast

August 2, 2018

Denny,Jean ,Whitney and family ! Thinking of you ! Great time in Florida with Nancy ! You will be in my thoughts and prayers! Miss you ! Love Jeff !

Ed Papis

August 2, 2018

Denny and family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Just a note to say you are in my thoughts and prayers during this emotional time. My deepest condolences and God bless.

Cynthia Taylor (Sutphin)

July 31, 2018

I'm so sorry about your mom. She was one of a kind. She was a wonderful neighbor for 45 years to my mom and dad. It was so nice to know that Don and Nancy were right next door. There are several great memories I have of Nancy. She taught me how to cross stitch, and all the fun she and mom had. She will be greatly missed! You are all on my prayers.