Mary Kay Farwell
Date of Birth
February 5, 1951
Date of Passing
October 12, 2023
Date, Time, & Place of Visitation
Friday, October 20, 2023, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church
Date, Time, & Place of Funeral
Friday, October 20, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church
Mary Kay Farwell, age 72, of Quincy, peacefully took the hand of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and went home with him on Thursday, October 12, 2023. She was born on February 5, 1951, in Quincy, the daughter of Frank and Katherine (Meyer) Rupp. She married John Farwell on June 12, 1971, and they enjoyed 52 beautiful years together. He survives.
Mary Kay was a journalist for the Quincy Herald-Whig. She became a mother and raised Matthew and Julie. She later worked as a special education teacher and retired as a librarian from the Illinois State Library. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. She loved art, gardening, cooking, and her flowers. She also enjoyed fishing and the outdoors with her husband, John.
In addition to her husband, Mary Kay is also survived by:
TWO CHILDREN: Matthew Farwell (Karen) of Kalispell, MT, and Julie Stevens (Bryan) of West Point, IL.
GRANDDAUGHTERS: Grace Stevens and Caroline Stevens.
SIBLINGS: Marjorie Klingele (Bob) and Barbara Jean Rupp SSND.
SISTERS-IN-LAW: Debbie Rupp and Carol Gilliland
Numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
Mary Kay was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Steve Rupp, and a brother-in-law, Bill Gilliland.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at 11:00 AM in St. Francis Catholic Church. Private inurnment will take place at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9:30 AM until the time of the services at 11:00. Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.