Christy Rae Hemming
Christy Rae Hemming, age 73, passed away May 7, 2020 at Barnes Hospital. She was born April 22, 1947 to Norman C. and Frances Arnold in Belleville, Illinois. She married Gary E. Hemming on June 8, 1963, in Vermont St. United Methodist Church, Quincy, Illinois of which she was a member.
Christy was an active member of Atlantis, Quincy City Club, Knit Wits, Quincy Country Club, various bridge and book clubs. She made many wonderful friends in all of those endeavors. Christy crocheted beautiful afghans for family and friends and the Newborns in need organization. Her love of books, reading, and the library was an integral part of her life that she so passionately passed on to her grandchildren. She was a talented and humorous writer. Recipients of her letters and notes will treasure them. As a bride of 16, she taught herself to cook. It was often a frustrating process to which her husband would attest as he came home to an obstacle course of broken glass, stomped on baking tins, and thrown pie crusts clinging to the ceiling…temper??? She became a legendary cook and her superb pies will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her husband Gary and son Avery of Quincy, daughter Lisa (John) Hugenberg of Springfield, Missouri, 3 adored grandchildren Alexis (Michael) Gilmore, Nicholas (fiancée Laurel), and Austin Hugenberg, 2 cherished great grandchildren Bexley and Jameson Gilmore, and Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Dean & Nila and Tony & Neal Hemming.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant great grandson Jackson Gilmore.
Graveside services only, will be conducted in Springfield, Missouri. Memorial services in Quincy will be announced at a later date so that friends and extended family can join us in honoring our wonderful Christy. She would want you to hug your loved ones, grab a good book and settle in with a cup of coffee and a slice of pie
Please make memorial donations in her honor to one of the places she most revered…the Quincy Public Library, 526 Jersey St., Quincy, Illinois 62301.
- Gary & Neal: my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Memories from many years ago.
- Prayers to the family Gary, Lisa, Avery, Dean and Neal. Think of you all.
- JoAnn & Fred Witte
- John & Lisa, our sympathy to you & your family. May God comfort you today & always.
- Christy was one of my favorite library patrons and Friends. I enjoyed seeing her kind and smiling face whenever she came in. She will be greatly missed.