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Marilyn S. Pille

Marilyn S. Pille, 88, of Trivoli, passed away at 7:50 AM on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Courtyard Estates of Farmington. She was born on July 6, 1931 in East Peoria, IL to Clarence A. and Henrietta M. (Stiff) Holocker. She married Arthur G. Pille on July 22, 1956 in Dunlap, IL. He preceded her in death on June 27, 2003.

 Surviving are four children Martha (Pat) Davis of Summerfield FL, Roger (Mary) Pille of Hanna City IL, Linda (Bill Kirkman) Pille of Warrenville IL, and Carol (Brad) Fink of Dwight IL; ten grandchildren Matthew (Charlene Bashore) Davis, Ryan Davis, Kevin Davis, Jess Pille, Sara Pille, Erin Pille, Jeremy (Allison) Kirkman, Mackenzie Kirkman, Rachel Fink (Evan) Wyllie, and Lucas Fink. Other survivors include her identical twin sister Marilee Hurst, formerly of Elmwood IL, brother-in-law Alfred Kilbey of Chillicothe, IL, sister-in-law Martha Pille of Tucson AZ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Phyllis G. Kilbey.

 Marilyn graduated from Illinois State Normal University in 1953 with degrees in secondary education and P.E. She taught at Reddick (IL) High School, Limestone High School, and Logan Junior High School, as well as substituting for many years in the Farmington School District. Marilyn was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of Glasford since 1956. She sang soprano in the church choir for 40 years, belonged to WELCA, and served in various leadership roles and volunteer positions. Marilyn was a 60 year member of the Illinois Homemakers Extension of Peoria County, having joined the Cramer Unit in 1957. She served in every leadership position within her local unit, terms as Secretary and President on the county level, and as a District Director on the Illinois State Board. Marilyn was an active member of the Dunlap High School Alumni Association, serving one term as President. She sang in the Elmwood Community Chorus for many years, as well as serving on the planning committee. Marilyn spent many years in support of her children’s various youth activities including 4-H, sports, music, and drama. She worked with Art in his home-based tax business, handling various administrative and receptionist tasks. Marilyn & Art loved to travel, and vacationed throughout the US. A trip to Alaska in 2000 was their favorite. Marilyn doted on her 10 grandchildren, always available to bake cookies, read a book, play a game, or rock a baby. She enthusiastically attended their innumerable sporting events, dance recitals, musical concerts, scholastic bowls, stage productions, scout ceremonies, and graduations.

 Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Glasford, where visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of the services. Rev. Micah Garnett will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials can be made to St Peter Lutheran Church or to the Farmington Central Academic Foundation. To leave online condolences or to view Marilyn’s DVD please visit

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  • Daryl&Dianne Kilbey

    Reply December 25, 2019 10:18 pm

    It’s so sad for me to lose another loved one. I just was told this AM because of having my little ones here the last few days, including Rochelle & Jason w/Grace from KY. Dianne didn’t want to spoil my visit with them by telling me right away. It would have crushed me. I pray Your immediate family receives comfort in knowing Jesus has a place prepared for my wonderful aunt. God bless her heart. I’ll cherish memories of her.

  • Rochelle Grace Stangle (granddaughter to Phyllis kilbey)

    Reply December 26, 2019 11:43 am

    Time on Earth is such a blessing to be able to share with family and share God’s love with others. Aunt Marilyn is a reflection of God’s love with her kindness and understanding as she listened, loved and prayed for others. The drive home all I could think about is how much I love and miss family time and I wish I had strength to be more like her when times feel worldly and cold, sickened with selfishness. My heart hurts to hear such a strong godly person gone that I pray another younger person can be an example of for younger generations on what means most; acts of love to those that need it most. Another angel in heaven with Grandma. Love them both. God bless them as they have the greatest joy to be with the Lord on Christmas.

  • Dan Shaw

    Reply December 26, 2019 12:16 pm

    Hi Roger,
    Sorry to hear about your mom. She was always such a nice lady.

  • Sandra (Pye) Smith

    Reply December 27, 2019 8:56 am

    Prayers to the family

  • Sheryl Kilbey

    Reply December 27, 2019 1:07 pm

    Aunt Marilyn was one of the sweetest and hard working souls I know. I’m quite sure she is rejoicing with our loved ones who went before her, and the, Angels. Aunt Marilyn, and family, I don’t know what exactly to say, but the words I have put here, I mean with all my heart. I will miss you so much, Aunt Marilyn. RIP, fly high, and I love you so much. You will be missed. Prayers of comfort for our family, and condolences sent too. 🙏❤

  • Shawna Otero ( Kilbey)

    Reply December 27, 2019 1:33 pm

    I have many fond memories of Aunt Marilyn and I am sad our family has lost another member ,even though I didn’t see her for many years I thought and spoke of her often . My love and prayers go out to all our family now and forever !

  • Nick Cowley

    Reply December 28, 2019 11:13 am

    Martha, Roger, Linda, and Carol, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I would have liked to see all of you today at the visitation, but family obligations all dealing with Christmas made attending impossible.

    I’m sure all of you have a treasure chest of happy memories your mother gave you and life lessons she taught you as well as sage advice to cherish and to carry you peacefully and gratefully into the future.

    I always enjoyed talking with your mother.

    Mr. Cowley
    125 E. Glen Ave Unit 110 B
    Peoria, IL 61614

  • Pam Foreaker

    Reply December 28, 2019 12:40 pm

    I always appreciated the warm smiles & hugs she shared readily. A beautiful, talented & thoughtful person that I had the honor of having in my life. I’m sad for our families loss.. many prayers.. love & condolences…

  • Natalie Batey

    Reply December 28, 2019 4:53 pm

    Yout beautiful smill will be missed Aunt Marilyn.

  • Dawnelle Kilbey

    Reply December 29, 2019 12:23 am

    Such a beautiful tribute and service for our sweet aunt Marilyn. Rest in Heaven. We will all miss you so much but know you are with our Lord and our beloved family members that have passed before you. The Heralds Choir must sound beautiful! Prayers to my beloved Aunt Marilee and my cousins. I love and miss you all

  • Stacey Strange

    Reply December 30, 2019 8:07 am

    So sorry for your loss.
    Helen Westerby and Family

  • Janice Baumgardner

    Reply December 30, 2019 7:49 pm

    So sorry we could not attend your mother’s services, but other obligations prevailed. She was my 8th grade gym teacher at Logan and very well liked. An amazing woman. You are such a delightful family—-quite a tribute to your parents. My heart goes out to you for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

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