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St. Augustine of Canterbury Church - Hecker, IL
Sunday November 4th, 2018
11:00am - 12:50pm

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Gelea Morris Speck

Gelea Morris Speck, nee Karraker, 83, of Waterloo, IL, died October 31, 2018, in Waterloo, IL. She was born May 7, 1935, in Cairo, IL.

Gelea is survived by her children Blaze (Rhonda) Morris, Kelly (Rick) Shilliday, Robin (Clay) Siedle, Tracy (Tom Van Buren) Morris, Lance (Mary) Morris, Candace (Karl) Buckman, Shaleen (Kevin) Grabill, grandchildren Aubrey (Sean)  O’Reilly, Kayla (Dave) Keeney, Jake (Raakhi) Morris, Austin Morris, Coley (Jeff) Hoffmann, Zach Buckman, Sophie Morris, Isaac Buckman, Theo Grabill, Raleigh Grabill, 5 great grandchildren, her brother Kenneth ( Donna ) Karraker of Vancouver, Washington , sister Marilyn Satterfield of Memphis, TN nieces, nephews , best- friend Gloria Linnertz and her cat, Sam.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ward and Dorothy Karraker of Cairo, IL and her husband, Gordon Speck.

Gelea grew up in Cairo, IL, graduated from Arizona State University and brought her family to Waterloo to teach English at Waterloo High School from 1968 until she retired in 2002. She enjoyed being a member of Sister Cities –Portaloo, Retired Teachers, and the Red Hats.  She had a great love of traveling and with her husband, Gordon, had seen much of the world. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions can be made to:
National Parkinson’s Foundation or Family Hospice, Belleville, IL

Memorial Visitation:
11 AM until time of service Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home

Memorial Service:
1 PM Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Michael Southcombe officiating

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A candle was lit in memory of Gelea Morris Speck

Gloria Nov 3 2018 12:00 AM

A Designers Choice was ordered on November 2, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to the family & friends of Gelea. She was a wonderful lady...

Michael Shackelford Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. My family lived two doors down on Mill Street. She was
such a beauty and a wonderful mom. She seemed to do it all with grace and class. I am so sorry.

Lynn Hope (Keim)
Phoenix, AZ

Lynn Hope (Keim) Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

To the family of Gelea Speck, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one; please accept my condolences. May you find comfort by drawing close to God in prayer, because as the Bible promises, he will sustain you during this difficult time. - Psalm 55:22

S. Fields Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gelea Morris Speck

Joyce Krump Russell Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to learn of Gelea's death. Ibecame acquainted withher while I worked for the Waterloo School District 1993-1999. I found her to be a very pleasantperson and dedicated teacher. She had both an inward and outward beauty, and always shared a warm smile upon meeting her.I thank her for her dedicated years of service to the young people she taught and came into contact with.
Billy M. Taylor

Billy M. Taylor Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM

Mrs. Speck was one of the best teachers I had at Waterloo High School, and working with her on the school newspaper for most of my high school career was one of my best experiences at learning to work on deadline and under pressure. Our condolences to her family on her passing.

Colin A. Toenjes Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM