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Marilyn White

Apr 28th, 1951 - Aug 21st, 2020

Remembrance Ceremony: 6 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Visitation: 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home


     Marilyn White, age 69, of Geff, Illinois, passed away Friday afternoon, August 21, 2020, at Cisne Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. 

     She was born April 28, 1951, in Flora, the daughter of Robert Guy and Alice (Wilson) Staley.  She was united in marriage to Billie L. White on June 28, 1969, and together they shared 50 years of marriage until his death July 2, 2019.

     Marilyn had worked in the healthcare field and was dedicated to the care of others, as well as her own family.  Her talents in art and music could be seen and heard through her painting and when she played a piano.  She especially enjoyed riding horses, but also held a special place in her heart for creatures of all kinds.  Marilyn’s bright, positive spirit shines on in those she loved.

     She is survived by a son: Ryan (Lori) White of Washington State; mother: Alice Gill of Clay City; siblings: Lewis Carter of West Salem, Marjorie Smith of Braidwood, Robert (Deeann) Staley of Clay City, and Steve (Tammy) Staley of Pontiac; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive. 

She was preceded in death by her father: Robert Guy Staley; husband: Billie White, a brother: Harold Carter; and a sister: Shirley Garrett.

     A visitation for Marilyn White will be from 5 until 6 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  A Remembrance Ceremony will follow at 6 p.m.  In accordance with an Illinois mandate, face masks will be required, and social distancing is recommended.  Memorial donations are suggested to any charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:


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Norman and Shirley Fry Workman

August 23rd

God took another angel do he took one. School mate and friend. Fly high Marylin, Fly high and free.

Virginia Ashley

August 24th

Another Angel has been called home. Marilyn was a very good person she will be missed by many. RIP My friend

Steve & Tammy Staley

August 24th

You fought a long hard battle, Sister. Rest in the arms of Jesus. We love you.

Connie & Greg Kuenstler

August 24th

Vicki Speir Lear

August 25th

Such a beautiful Lady inside and out. I was so excited when I learned she was a distant relative of my Grandma Sara Mae Tetrick Speir. Always enjoyed the stories when she was a child visiting with my family. Truly blessed to have her briefly in my life. So glad we found each other. My sincere condolences.

Dave Land

August 25th

While I was working as a volunteer at Horizon Healthcare in Fairfield, I always enjoyed my visits with Marilyn. She was always upbeat and a real joy to be around. I am so saddened with her passing, but realize she is now pain free. God bless Marilyn White.

Crystal Attebury

August 25th

I worked with her at wayfair she was always a bright and cheerful person. She was one of the most helpful person we had in the nursing home with the residents.

Lois Dishman-Cooper

August 25th

Marilyn was such a kind and sweet lady! She will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss.

Charlene Gilmore

August 25th

Marilyn was a wonderful person, always pleasant and a joy to be around. She will be missed

Beth (Henry) Wilson

August 25th

Praying for the family. Marilyn was such a sweet soul. I always enjoyed working with her.

Mike & Gail Glover

August 25th

We send our deepest sympathy to Ryan and Aunt Alice. We will miss Marilyn and send our love.

Peggy Shroyer Leigh

August 25th

Thoughts and prayers to you all. So sorry to hear of Marilyn passing. Such a good lady inside and out. She'll be missed by many

Debra and David Phillips

August 25th

She was such a sweet person. So sorry for your loss you have our deepest sympathy. Prayers for comfort and peace

Tamira Nelson and Marley

August 25th

I met Marilyn when I began working at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She quickly became one of my favorite faces ! From the moment I met her , we were friends. She would come into my office to clean and would chat awhile . Her paintings were magnificent! I have a set of snowmen from her . She was a blessing on earth , and never met a stranger . Her huge smile lit up any room she was in , her spirit was so warm and inviting. Even after leaving the hospital when I would come visit , she would hug me and talk to my little girl like she was one of her own . My condolences to her family .

Jim and Judy White

August 25th

We will miss Marilyn so much. She Bill and Ryan came to visit often. Bill and Jim enjoyed golfing together. Marilyn and I had so much fun together. Loved her big smile and the twinkle in her eyes. She was so talented. Painting, canning from her garden, horse trail riding, playing piano. Loved her son Ryan so much. Excellent Wife and Mom. She will be missed by many, not just family but those she took care of over the years. Another of Gods Angels

Elizabeth Anderson

August 25th

Hearing of your passing brought deep sadness until I started remember all the wonderful things you did for me as a child. Staying up late, drinking diet cokes and watching the Game Show Network at your house every night brings the biggest smile to my face. I loved you being my neighbor all those years. Pivotal years as a child that I was able to spend with you. Going to work with you to watch how amazing you were with elderly folks. Marilyn, thank you for all that you did for me as a child and I am heartbroken to hear of your passing. You were definitely one of a kind with a GIANT heart and soul. Rest easy. You will live in my heart forever. Xoxo

Debra and Don Nix

August 25th

So sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing! Our deepest sympathy to the family! She always had a beautiful smile and personality!

Bonnie Catton

August 27th

Marilyn and I worked together at Wayfair for 10 years. Always willing to help everyone. We had a lot of fun, we laughed, cried, and at times fussed like sisters. RIP dear friend.

Jim Shafer

August 26th

I grew up with Marilyn. What a wonderful person. I remember her as a cheerful, happy, and vibrant girl/woman. Our paths separated after graduation from Clay City High School. I am glad I was able to see and visit with her at our last reunion a year ago. She was strong thru the loss of Bill, and her own illness. May God be with her.

Troy Carter

August 25th

You were taken far too soon. Always so caring and compassionate for others. So many happy memories. You will be missed by all. RIP.

Jodi Schnepper

August 25th

Saddens my heart to hear of your passing. You were a big part of our family growing up. Your smile was a bright spot...your conversations were so enjoyable...God Bless....a true angel...

Keyna Warren

August 26th

Marilyn was a dear, caring person. Her beautiful smile and gentle kindness will be missed by so many. My deepest sympathy to the family she loved so deeply.

Glenda Stottlemyre

August 25th

Prayers for the family as they wait to be with her again. Heaven definitely received a wonderful lady. I worked with her at Fairfield Memorial and she was a friend to all and I always looked forward to her visit. She could certabrighten a room when she walked in. She always had a message of hope. She will be missed but I look forward to seeing her again. Rest in peace sweet friend.

Barbara Rumbold

August 25th

Marilyn was a kind, caring and always cheerful person. We worked together at the hospital and I looked forward to seeing her smiling face every day. I display her wonderful dowel snowmen every Christmas and think of her. She will be dearly missed.

Joyce Henson

August 25th

Marilyn was one of my favorite people. She enjoyed life & brought joy to those around her. She always went the "extra mile." I looked forward to seeing her every day at work at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. At Christmas, she made pecan tassies & passed samples out at work. Delicious!

Carl Waters

August 25th

We have missed Marilyn, as activities director at Wayfair, she was a very helpful, caring person. She felt the great need for church services in the nursing home. So sorry for your loss. You're in our prayers.

Tawanna White

August 25th


cinda hildebrand

August 25th

so sorry for your loss.

Reba Clemmons

August 25th

Marilyn was always cheerful & made me feel special when I went to Horizon for my doctor appointments. She liked to make people laugh. God bless you all.

Tyanna Lingafelter

August 25th

Sweet Marilyn may you rest in peace you have had a long journey a job well done you were truly an angel on earth prayers to Ryan and her mother whom she loved dearly!

Jackie sharp

August 25th

That picture is how I remember her .

Brenda Hohlbauchh Reagan

August 25th

So sorry to hear about Marilyn she was a great person. So kind hearted. She well be missed by so many.

Joni Staley

August 27th

One of the sweetest persons I have ever known. I will miss you

Bill Glover

August 26th

Bryan and Aunt Alice we are going miss that beautiful and joy Marilyn shared with every one

Susan Goldman

August 26th

She was such a precious lady. I have a picture she painted in my kitchen.

Cindy Short

August 26th

I want to thank you Marilyn for being more than just a neighbor to my mother, Betty. I want to thank you for all the kindness & love you’ve shown to my children over the years. Channon cherishes the memories of spending time painting with you or just coming over to play with the kittens and dolls. The world needs more loving neighbors like you and Bill. You truly were a treasure.

August 26th


Sara Shelton

August 26th

The only word that comes to mind to describe Marilyn, is genuine. She was a hard worker, loved life and everyone around her. Our last conversation, I will always hold dear to my heart. Prayers sent to all family and friends.

Mary Lou Sharp Gugel

August 26th


Jim staley

August 27th

Sorry for your loss

Chris (Bahl) Welker

August 28th

Marilyn was my mom's best friend from as early as I can remember, but really she was more like a member of our extended family. She was always smiling and joking around and always there when my mom needed her. The world will be a little bit darker place without her around. I'm sure they're having a wonderful time in Heaven catching up, though. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to Ryan & Lori, Alice, and the rest of her family. Godspeed and Rest in Peace, Marilyn.


August 29th

We're so sad about Marilyn's passing. It's heartbreaking. She was such a wonderful person!. We visited her & Bill several times over the years and was always fun. Marilyn and I always had a great time together. Loved her smile and great personality She will be missed & never forgotten!.

Judy Williamson

September 2nd

So sorry to hear about Marilyn. She was a very good friend & a very caring person

Jamie Staley Chapman

September 4th

Marilyn was always so very special, so very kind. She was a “sweet” loving Aunt!! Love and prayers of peace to the family.



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