Lillian Pace

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Lillian C. Pace, nee Hickey, 85, of Belleville, born April 30, 1937, St. Louis, MO, died June 20, 2022, at Integrity Healthcare of Smithton, Smithton, IL.

Lilly grew up in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Mercy High School. She was a classic beauty and her husband, David, was head-over-heels for her. They enjoyed a long marriage and raised three children. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt. Lilly worked at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the St. Louis Gateway Arch. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and was active in the Society of the Sacred Heart, and a former member of the Mother’s Club at the church. She also volunteered at a number of Catholic charities. Lilly enjoyed reading, playing cards, and completing crossword puzzles in her free time. She was also an interior design enthusiast and a published poet. Lilly will always be remembered for her kindness and sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, David Lee Pace; her sister, Mary, nee Hickey, Rodriguez; and a brother, Donald Hickey.

She is survived by a daughter, Bridget (Robert) Juen; two sons, Michael Pace and Brian Pace (Doug Mueller); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Hickey; a sister, Bernadette Porth; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Lilly’s wishes, her body was donated to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Peace to all. Light to all. Love to all. 



5 Comments on Lillian Pace

Cat said : Guest Report Jun 28, 2022 at 11:32 AM

Words couldn’t begin to express just how much I care for Ms. Lilly! I worked by caring for her during her latter years, but truthfully, it was a mutual relationship, she cared for me just as much, with her love and friendship. When I had to leave my position as her caregiver, I was heartbroken, because I knew I wouldn’t routinely be able to see her smile, hear her laughter, and just feel her sweet presence. I felt like her grandchild, not her caregiver, she called me her “Angel” & I always responded, “you’re my Angel too”, now she really is my angel 😇 Thanks Bridget and Bob, for all of the love you’ve shown, it was above and beyond what I’d expect! Peace be with all of the family ♥️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cindy Crowl said : Guest Report Jun 25, 2022 at 5:36 PM

I enjoyed working with her alot at MAMI. She was always kind hearted and a sweetheart to work with. Rest in Peace Cindy

  • IL
Bonnie L Haake said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2022 at 9:49 PM

Rest In Peace, lovely woman.

  • Anna
  • 1L
Patricia McGinty Pace said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2022 at 8:22 PM

Bridget, Mike and Thubten, I send you my love and prayers and deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. I have no doubt your Father greeted her arrival home. The photo captured the essence of the woman I remember. My love to all her family and friends who will miss her also.

  • West Barnstable
  • MA said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2022 at 4:01 PM

I know it was a beautiful reunion with your dad. God’s blessing on both of them. Bridget God’s blessing to you and your brother Mike and Bryan and your families. I have nothing but beautiful memories of her and your family, I was blessed to know her.

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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