Marilyn Ruth (Breder) Bracy

Marilyn Ruth (Breder) Bracy, 95, of Quincy, IL. passed away peacefully at 5:34 p.m. May 9, 2024 surrounded in love by her family. She was born Sept.13, 1928 in Quincy, IL., a daughter of Milton E. and Genevieve Dehner Breder. She married Joseph F. Bracy on June 17,1950. He preceded her in death Oct. 28, 1988.

She was a 1946 graduate of Quincy High School in Quincy, IL where she played the violin in the school orchestra. She went on to attend Gem City Business College where she achieved a secretarial degree. She worked as a bookkeeper for Abbott Automotive, then was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young. She was a secretary at Lincoln School in the 1970’s. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Good Samaritan Home for several years before retiring in 1980.

She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church for many years where she sang in the choir and served on the Altar Guild. She became a member of St. John’s Anglican Church where she also served on the Altar Guild. In 2017 she was confirmed as a Roman Catholic.

Marilyn and Joseph had three children, Gary, Ann, and Alan, all of Quincy, IL. She had three goals in life in life—to serve God, love her family and take care of her furry friends. Her love for her family was unconditional and she was always ready to help out in any way possible. She loved with all her heart and never lost her sense of humor. She provided a loving home to numerous kitties throughout her life and they gave her great joy and companionship.

She is survived by her three children, Gary (Kathy) Bracy, Ann Bracy Pfaffe, Alan Bracy, five grandchildren, Brittany Bracy, Elizabeth (Brandon) Williams, Brooke (Blake) Houston, Melissa (Jake) Bliven, and Michael Bracy, and two great-grandchildren, Elise Williams and Izabella Bliven. Also one brother, Milton E. (Lyla) Breder Jr. and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton E. Breder and Genevieve Dehner Breder, husband Joseph F. Bracy and two sisters, Georgeann Cope and Constance Baker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Arisman officiating. Interment in Quincy Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or Blessing Hospice. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Messages may be shared online at


  1. Debbie orebaugh on May 10, 2024 at 10:58 pm

    I enjoyed being one of her caregivers. My sympathies to the family. RIP Marilyn 🙏

  2. Bob and Ann Reich on May 11, 2024 at 11:27 am

    Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

  3. Wanda O'hara on May 11, 2024 at 2:55 pm

    Dear Milt and Lyla,
    Prayers and sympathy for the passing of your sister Marilyn.

    God Bless,’
    Wanda O’Hara

  4. Sandy Thomas Abele on May 13, 2024 at 8:29 am

    Allen, Gary and Brittany – Sorry to hear about your loss, but what a long, wonderful life she had! I’m sure she will be with you forever 🩷

  5. John Gebhardt on May 13, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    Allan and Gary, sorry to hear of your mother passing. Missed visitation, but know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Denise Williams on May 13, 2024 at 8:14 pm

    Gary & Alan, Brittany, Brooke, Melissa & Michael I am sorry to hear of your Mom/Grandmother passing. An amazing life she lived. Let the special memories live always in your heart & bring a smile to your face.

  7. Don Benz on May 17, 2024 at 7:54 am

    Dear Family – I am sorry for your loss – I wish you peace

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