Jane Ellen Pacey

CENTRALIA — Jane Ellen Pacey, 78, of Centralia, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights, Missouri with her loving family by her side.

Jane was born on September 16, 1941 in Harrisburg, Illinois, the daughter of William Leland and Beulah Marie (House) Armistead.

Jane married Richard Eugene Pacey on June 14, 1964, in Pinckneyville, Illinois and he survives her in Centralia, Illinois.

She is also survived by her two sons, Brian Pacey of DuQuoin, Illinois and Steven Pacey of Nashville, Tennessee; and a very special friend and “daughter” Cydney Griffith of Carbondale, Illinois; brother, Paul Edwin Armistead of Carlyle, Illinois; two sisters-in-law, Alba Armistead of Oceanside, California and Edie Armistead of Three Rivers, Michigan and a niece and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Robert, James, Richard and Kenneth Armistead.

Jane graduated from Harrisburg High School and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She was a gifted student education teacher having taught in schools in Metamora, Washburn, Pinckneyville and several Clinton County schools in Illinois. Following her retirement from the school system, she worked ten years as an administrator at the Centralia Cultural Society. Jane was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Centralia, Illinois and a former member of the American Association of University Women, in which she served on many state and national committees. She was also a former member of the Centralia Business and Professional Women, Central City Lioness Club, Centralia Library Board and the Centralia Downtown Theatre Board.

Private family funeral services for Mrs. Jane Ellen Pacey will be held with Reverend Sidney Davis, Jr. officiating. Inurnment will follow in Linn Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Washburn, Illinois at a later date. As a result of current national health circumstances, friends are invited to join with Jane’s family via Live Stream at centraliafumc.org at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be in Mrs. Pacey’s honor to the First United Methodist Church in Centralia, Illinois, the Centralia Regional Library or the Centralia Cultural Society and will be received by the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home at 134 South Elm Street in Centralia, Illinois 62801.

Those wishing to leave online condolences or share memories with Jane’s family may do so at moranfuneralhome.net or on the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home’s Facebook page.