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Marcia Downs Brockelsby

November 9, 1952 — November 19, 2021

Marcia Downs Brockelsby of Taylorville passed away Friday, November 19, 2021 in her home surrounded by family. Marcia was born November 9, 1952 in Decatur, Illinois to Merle and Roberta (Ryan) Pray. She graduated from Stonington High School in 1970 and attended Lincoln Land Community College. She married David Downs on February 18, 1973. He preceded her in death in 1991. Marcia later married Steve Brockelsby on August 5, 2000. She was employed as an administrative assistant for the Illinois State Board of Education and retired after 30 years of service. Marcia was an active member of Taylorville Christian Church, Christian County HCEA and served as a volunteer for several community organizations.

Surviving are her husband, Steve Brockelsby; children: Michelle Downs of Decatur, IL and Eric Downs of Green Bay, WI; step-son: Scott Brockelsby (wife Elizabeth), and step-daughter, Sandy Brockelsby, all of Taylorville; step-grandchildren: Reece, Ryan, and Rhyten; sisters- in-law: Linda Pray of Geneseo, IL, Marsha  (husband Mike) Lanham of Taylorville, Judy (husband Gary) McKinnie of Morrisonville, Janet (husband Scott) Haines of Edinburg, Delores (husband Bob) Carls of Stonington, Dianna (husband Harold) Meyers of Litchfield, and Sharon Nation of Taylorville; brothers-in-law: Bruce Brockelsby of Edinburg, Dwane (wife Sharon) Downs of Stonington; mother-in-law: Margaret Brockelsby of Edinburg; several cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews and many special friends and neighbors. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David; parents-in-law: Robert and Ina Downs, and Gayle Brockelsby; brother, Roger Pray; brothers-in-law: Dale Downs, Gerald Chausse; sisters-in-law: Donna (husband Henry) Spengler, Barbara Downs, and Cathy Brockelsby.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 27, at McClure Funeral Home, followed by a committal service at Old Stonington Cemetery, with Pastor James Jones officiating. Memorials in Marcia’s honor can be made to: Taylorville Christian Church, Memorial Home Hospice, or Loving Arms Pregnancy Center. McClure Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Marcia, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at

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  1. Debbie Ervin on December 8, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    My sincere sympathy is with the Family. Marcia was such a dear, sweet lady. I’m sure she will be greatly missed!

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