Grattena “Teny” Ann Ponce, age 84, of Maryville, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Teny was born on August 3, 1934 in Eldorado, IL, a daughter of the late Gratton Hill and Helen (Spurlock) Hill.
On July 4, 1958, Teny married Peter “Pete” Carl Ponce, the love of her life, in Eldorado, IL. Pete passed away on May 3, 2014. Teny was a faithful member of St. Cecila Catholic Church in Glen Carbon, IL. She had retired as a teacher from the Venice School District after thirty-six years of dedicated service. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially with her grandsons, whom she adored. Teny loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents and husband, Teny was preceded in death by one sister, Erma “Topsy” Farley.
She is survived by her loving children, Timothy Ponce of Collinsville, IL and Christina Bryant of Maryville, IL; dear sisters, Sue (Richard) Jones of Champaign, IL and Rae Cain of Eldorado, IL; proud grandmother to Jake Bryant of Chesterfiled, MO and Tyler Ponce of Maryville, IL; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Glen Carbon, IL.
In celebration of her life, a funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, with Father Patrick Gibbons officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in the form of masses or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Donations will be accepted at the church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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