Abigail M. “Gail” Speer, 96, of Rockford, passed away on Sept. 3, 2012, in River Bluff Nursing Home. Born Aug. 11, 1916, in Savanna, Ill., the daughter of George and Bernice (Cranson) Sellers. She was a 1934 graduate of Savanna High School. Abigail married Kenneth Speer Feb. 26, 1938 in Savanna, Ill., he predeceased her March 5, 1967. Abigail graduated from Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in 1937, going to work in the labor and delivery unit at Swedish American, and then as an office nurse for Dr. Richard Runstrom for 37 years. She was a great help to a lot of people with health advice during those years. She was a member of Brooke Rd. Methodist Church, formerly Broadway Methodist Church. Although she no longer worked as a nurse, she volunteered at Swedish American Hospital earning over 8500 volunteer hours. She later volunteered at Swedish American Hospital Foundation office and enjoyed many lunches with the “girls.” She will always be remembered as a helpful and gentle friend who enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. All her family will miss her as well as her special friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Fred) Saunders; granddaughter, Kelly (Jim) Hollis; grandson, Karl (Grace) Green; great-grandchildren, Ken Lindsay, Pat Lindsay, Brian Folkerts, Amanda Green, Taylor Green, Nathaniel Green, and Adam Green, and great-great-granddaughter, Addison Rezin. Predeceased by her grandson, Kevin Green; great-grandson, Timmy Lindsay; brother, Bernerd Sellers, and sister, Enid Adrian.
The family would like to give thanks to all the compassionate and caring CNA nurses and staff from River Bluff Nursing Home for the care given to “Abby”, and to Northern Illinois Hospice Grief Center. We shall always miss our gentle caring mother, grandmother, and friend.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. with Pastor Christopher Druce Jones officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Memorials to Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St. Rockford, IL 61102 or Brook Rd. United Methodist Church, 1404 Brooke Rd. Rockford, IL 61108.
|From: Vergie Parker Humy||Sep 6 2012 5:26PM|
|Dear Kathy, I am sorry to learn about your Mom passing away. Our Moms were always helping us girls out and were a part of our Turner days. My Mom passed away 6 years ago, she almost made it to 90. I'm hoping we "old Girl Scouts" can get together soon. I see Virginia and Sandy every now and then. I am sorry I can't make the funeral on Sat., but you and your family will be in my prayers. Please e-mail me or call me, 815-623-7598, I'd love to hear from you. Vergie Parker Humy|