Betty Lou Quade
Betty L. Quade of Laguna Niguel, California, and formerly of Quincy, IL died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. at her residence, Aegis of Laguna Niguel.
Betty was born in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Dr. Silber C. and Ruth (Pearce) Peacock. She studied at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL for one year and transferred to State University of Iowa in Iowa City, obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching. She then earned her Master of Arts degree in speech pathology from the University of Illinois.
On August 10, 1951 Betty married Merritt J. Quade, DDS in Quincy, Illinois. Dr. and Mrs. Quade resided in Quincy where Dr. Quade practiced dentistry for 58 years. Following their marriage, Betty worked as a speech pathologist with hearing impaired students in the Quincy Public Schools.
Betty had a life-long love for helping others, and is well known for her generosity and volunteerism. She served as a volunteer for a number of local organizations, including the Blessing Hospital Tea Room and Salvation Army. At the First Union Congregational Church, she was an active member and volunteer, enjoyed teaching Sunday school, singing in the church choir, and for many years chaired the annual church bazaar.
Betty was a talented musician who played the violin and piano, and possessed a beautiful soprano voice. She played in the Quincy Symphony, and was a strong advocate and benefactor of education and the arts in Quincy. Betty loved teaching violin, and provided free private lessons to talented young musicians and to children who would not have had access to private instruction. She obtained instruments for children when needed with the stipulation that students could keep the violins as long as they continued to play and enjoy music.
Betty was a member of Quincy Country Club where she regularly enjoyed playing bridge with friends. She was additionally a devoted member of PEO for over 50 years.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen Quade Rasulo and husband Thomas of Mission Viejo, CA; a daughter-in-law, Louise First Quade; a sister, Nancy Peacock Hockgraver of Williamsfield, IL; four grandchildren, Sara Quade (Dannon) Coleman of Kansas City, MO, Thomas Rasulo Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Justina First (Adam) Timm of St. Charles, MO, and Kim Walsh of San Clemente, CA; a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Timm of St. Charles, MO.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dr. Merritt Quade, and son Dr. Kevin Quade.
Services: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Major Andrew Miller officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 9:00 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Memorials: Salvation Army Hometown Endowment Fund or American Brain Tumor Association. The family has respectfully requested memorials in lieu of flowers.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Yasmin Tayyab Simon says:
Mrs. Quade was such a wonderful lady. I spent hours at the Quade home on Aldo Blvd for violin lessons. She was such a devoted teacher so invested! I couldn t have asked for a better coach in my corner. She had a kind and generous heart and will be greatly missed.
I got to know Betty well when she made her sometimes daily visits to Miller s on her lunch hour. Many time she had her Momther in tow, they always loved fashion and shopping. Betty was a very sharp dresser and had a flair for it. I learned so much more about Betty through church. She was passionate for all causes and a great hostess to her church. She was the power behind the successful Congo Fall Festivals and so generous with her time and money. She always showed up with lots of baked goods, to fill the tables, cute gifts that were made, and lots of salsa. Her legacy lives on, you have my prayers for peace and healing.
Laura Gerdes Ehrhart says:
Mrs. Quade was a wonderful across-the-street neighbor and good friend to the Gerdes family. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts prayers are with Karen the Quade family. Laura Gerdes Ehrhart
Jackie Casey says:
Getting to know Betty when her mother Mrs Peacock was on Long Term Care was such a joy. She always was there to help with any activity that I had planned for the residents. She was so giving of her time support to the unit. She would bake endlessly to help with our bake sales on the unit. To help with the bake sales, she signed herself me up for cake decorating classes together to my surprise she had sent all my supplies for class to me prior to class. I still use them when baking for some of our local nursing homes thinking of her the friendship we had. She leaves a legacy of her many talents her generosity to everything she was involved in. You will be missed. Thoughts prayers to all the family.
Daryl Shankland says:
Betty, you were a lovely lady from beginning to end. Your generosity to others was constant and your family knew you would do anything for them. You and your dear husband both gave so much to our community and much of that was done behind the scenes. Thank you for your friendship and know that you will always be remembered with great fondness.
We have loved this woman and her family for 50 years. We miss them all. Thank you for your friendship. Lovingly, the Gilchrist family
A beautiful woman inside and out. Her warmth and kindness was on display until the end. We love and miss her very much. Lee Kaufmann
Harold Rita Pickinpaugh says:
Betty was great at organizing bazaars for her church and for preparing the food for many church dinners and coffee hours. Thank you Betty!