Rebecca McQuage

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Rebecca Louise Adams McQuage, 68, of Belleville, IL, passed away suddenly on the evening of December 13, 2022.

It’s impossible to summarize a life in a few simple words, especially a life as full as Rebecca’s. An exceptionally kind, brave, smart, hardworking, and loving wife, mother, sister, and friend.

Always a strong advocate of education, Rebecca earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in early childhood education.  She began her career managing childcare centers and transitioned into public service, working to help victims of domestic violence receive their education.  The majority of her career was devoted to working in alcohol and drug prevention, writing grants, educating on the dangers of substance abuse, and she retired in 2012 as an addiction counselor.  Rebecca was passionate about her work and the individuals she helped as she had supported her husband in his journey to sobriety.

She married the love of her life, Glen, in 1985 and they had two daughters. She was an exceptional mother and grandmother, known for her ability to comfort and console.  She was a proud mother, always bragging on her girls.  She was a devoted wife who loved and cared for her husband deeply. When he was placed on hospice in September of 2017, she slept on a couch next to his bed every night, for seven months, to stay close to him.

Rebecca was known for her friendliness, kindness, and generosity.  Rebecca never met a stranger, happy to talk or engage with anyone, anywhere. She treasured her friendships and had several which lasted decades.  Her kindness was exemplified in her faith.  She was a woman of steadfast faith with a servant’s heart.  She was an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Paducah, KY and was heavily involved in church activities until moving to Belleville, Illinois to be with her daughters.

After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and caring and bonding with her great-nieces, Harper and Arie, and great-nephew, Tyler. She also enjoyed watching television, discussing politics, overfeeding her beloved pets, taking daily walks, and being the best “Gaga” for her granddaughter, Charlotte.

Rebecca will be remembered for her kindness, unconditional love, and her infectious smile.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Christine and Guy Adams; her husband, Harrell “Glen” McQuage; a brother, Jonathan David Adams; and a sister, Emma Hicks.

She is survived by two daughters, Angela McQuage (James Barry) and Elizabeth McQuage (Reese Bennett); a granddaughter, Charlotte; siblings, Jess Adams (Alyson Adams), Denise Knupp (David Knupp), and Hal Hicks; three nieces, Kagney Adams, Melanie Knupp, and Brandi Carl; five nephews, Cecil “CW” Adams, Quaid Adams, Paul Hicks, Connor Adams, and Andrew Adams; and many great nieces and nephews.

Floral donation in Rebecca’s honor may be sent to Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, Joppa, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, 215 Pearl Street, Joppa, IL 62953.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, Joppa, IL, with luncheon immediately following.



13 Comments on Rebecca McQuage

Noi Rodriguez said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2023 at 3:48 PM

So very sorry to hear of Becky's passing. Knew her from church and through her husband Glen. We all worked in the substance abuse counseling field. Such a beautiful and caring person. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Paducah
  • KY
joseph Michael hennessey said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2023 at 9:53 AM

It's so sad to have lost Becky so soon. After being welcomed into the home of Uncle Guy and Aunt Christine, Becky as well as Emma and Denise, treated me as a brother. Becky was always smiling and upbeat and I couldn't have had a better little sister while I adjusted to a new place. There is nothing she wouldn't do to make me feel at home. I'll never forget you. Thank You Becky.

  • Washington
  • MI
Bob & Brenda Dyer said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2023 at 9:34 AM

We grew up with the Adams kids. Our parents were best of friends. A lot of good memories of events and activities at church. Know that the family is in the thoughts and prayers of many friends.

  • Kankakee
  • Illinois
Freida Phifer said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2023 at 8:29 PM

Such a sweet,loving person. I will forever remember her pretty smile. Prayers for her whole family including us as she will always be thought of and missed. So glad that we have always been so close even when we couldn't be together.

  • Jackson
  • Tennessee
Mayna Craggs said : Guest Report Jan 03, 2023 at 8:13 PM

Rebecca was a friend since we met in August 1987. She saw me through some very rough times and I saw her through some tough times too. We also shared many good times and I treasure my memories of her in all those times. My condolences to her family that she loved so dearly.

  • Paducah
  • Kentucky
Betty Scherrer said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2022 at 3:49 PM

So sorry for your great loss, you all have my deepest sympathy and in my thoughts and prayers God Bless Betty S

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Debby Hurt Taylor said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2022 at 12:09 AM

What a beautiful tribute. It’s so good to know all her accomplishments. Becky was how I always knew my cousin. (Unless Aunt Christine yelled “Rebecca Louise!”). My favorite memories of her were the times her family visited mine and all the kids slept on quilts in the floor of my family’s living room. Becky and I always slept beside each other since we were the same age. There was lots to talk about. She always had tales from their camping vacations. We didn’t talk often after we grew up, but I know she was proud of her girls. It was good to know how well they cared for her. You are all in my prayers.

  • Medon
  • TN
Beth Phifer said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 3:39 PM

Sending love and Prayers to you all. God bless

  • Jackson
  • Tn
Sandy Inman said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 5:42 AM

So sorry to hear of Becky's passing. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  • Karnak
  • Illinois
Kathy Hardrick said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2022 at 9:32 PM

Praying for all. May God comfort you. Love you.

  • Saint clair shores
  • Michigan
Pattie said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2022 at 8:54 PM

Angela and Elizabeth, The obituary was absolutely so true , sharing the story of Rebecca, an amazing lady. I’m holding you both in my heart, sending prayers and support. Friendship/Love, Pattie

  • Paducah
  • KY
Paula Bonagura said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2022 at 8:37 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss of my sweet cousin. Jess, Denise and all of the family are in my prayers.

  • Clarksville
  • Tn
Gina Slovacek said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2022 at 9:33 PM

I have fond memories of waiting on her at Texas Roadhouse with all of you guys. She was so kind and always an interesting person to talk to. She was such a great mom to you girls, and I am truly devastated by her loss. My deepest sympathy to all her family and friends. She will be missed greatly.

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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