Mary Clo (Brooks) Steere

April 6, 1928January 7, 2021

Mary Clo (Brooks) Steere passed from this life on January 7, 2021. Mary was an identical twin born to Joe and Jessie Brooks on April 6, 1928 in Charleston, Illinois.

She attended Eastern Illinois State University through two years of college. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1949. Mary was married to James Lindley Steere in a double wedding ceremony with her twin Martha Jo (Brooks) Chamlee and Roy Z. Chamlee on August 4, 1950 in Charleston, Illinois.

Mary worked in various financial management positions including Chief Accountant at Trinity International College in Deerfield, Illinois and Lewis and Clark College and School of Law in Portland, Oregon, and retired in 1991 as Assistant Director of Financial Aid for Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Mary loved the Lord Jesus and spent her life serving Him. She was a prayer warrior for her family and friends. She was an invaluable helper to her pastor and teacher husband. She made special memories with her children and grandchildren. She wanted to be remembered with joy and laughter.

Mary and LIndley were parents to three children who survive: James and O’Ann (Johnson) Steere, Richard and Irma (Alvidrez) Steere, and Marilyn (Steere) and Paul D Moser. They survive together with ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Bonnie (Brooks) Clark, sister-in-law Ruth (Stalker) Steere, brother and sister-in-law, Paul J Steere and Ying (Troung) Steere, and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, an infant brother, Larry C. Brooks, sisters Helen Brooks Dills, and Martha Jo Chamlee, great grandson, Jace Hersey, mother and father-in-law, Jason and Emily Steere, brothers-in-law Roy Z Chamlee, Ronald Clark, and David Steere.

Private family services will be held. Pastor Joel Newton will officiate.

Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Marrolyn Rekus

January 9, 2021

Dearest Mary has departed our earth and gone to her heavenly home to join her loving husband and other special family members and friends. She was so sweet with a beautiful smile ready to talk about her family and Lord, and will be so missed here on earth. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family which she dearly loved each one.
Don and Marrolyn Rekus.

Sheila Craig

January 8, 2021

I am so saddened to hear the passing of a beautiful soul. I had the wonderful privilege of taking care of Mary at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Illinois. I loved Mary’s great sense of humor, her wittiness, her infectious smile, her compassionate and kind soul to all she came in touch with. I will miss the great bond I had with Mary the short time I knew her. Mary will always hold a special place in my Hospice heart ♥️ My thoughts and prayers 🙏are with Mary,s family during this difficult time. Love always Sheila M Craig her CNA 😘