STERLING – Elizabeth Lucille “Liz” Speer, of Sterling, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Lake Zurich.
She was born Sept. 10, 1933, in Biggsville, the daughter of Robert Andrew and Mildred Elizabeth (née Whiteman) Glenn. Liz graduated from Monmouth College in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She played flute and piano, and met the love of her life, Gordon Eugene Speer, singing in the Monmouth College Choir. They were married Sept. 3, 1955, and lived for 60 years in Sterling before moving to Lake Zurich.
Liz was the organist for First Presbyterian Church in Sterling until her retirement. An active member of the church, she also served as worship music director, bell choir director, preschool teacher, and on many committees, Bible study groups, and prayer chains. In addition to her church work, Liz was an elementary school music teacher in the Sterling Unit 5 school district.
A talented pianist and singer, Liz was a private piano teacher, frequently requested accompanist and member of Sweet Adelines International. She was the founder and director of the Sinnissippi Sweet Adelines Chorus and a member of several choruses and quartets during her lifetime. Liz was the tenor of “The Lyrics” quartet, which was named International Quartet Champion by Sweet Adelines, Inc. in 1961.
Mostly, Liz loved being a devoted wife, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Liz is survived by her loving husband, Gordon; her beloved sister, Mildred Anderson; her loving daughters, Susan (Mark) Cunningham; Shari (Jeffrey Stirling) Speer, and Sara (the late Keith) Zawila; her beloved grandchildren, Krysta (Orlando) Mendoza, Allyson Cunningham, and Kevin Zawila; and her cherished great-grandchildren, Madilynn and Markus Mendoza.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 410 Second Ave., Sterling, with fellowship following. Graveside service will be at a later date in Biggsville. Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Lake Zurich handled arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to firstpresbyteriansterling.org/giving.php First Presbyterian Church of Sterling; or sweetadelines.com/give Sweet Adelines International.
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