MOUNT MORRIS – Marilyn Elaine Eickman, age 92, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. Marilyn was born on Oct. 24, 1928 in Leaf River, the daughter of Hibbard H. and Helen E. (Cramer) Reber, Sr.
She graduated from Leaf River High School class of 1946. Marilyn worked as a receptionist at WREX-TV, then she worked as a secretary and later production manager of “Travel & Leisure and Food & Wine” at Quebecor in Mt. Morris, retiring in 1991. She was a Leaf River and Mt. Morris area resident all her life. Marilyn married Leo Ridenour on July 20, 1946, then she married Eugene Marshall on Febr. 28, 1965, and Merlyn J. Eickman on Feb. 18, 2006 in the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris; and he preceded her in death on March 14, 2019.
Marilyn is survived by her children: Jerre L. (Charles/Butch) Duffy, Mt. Morris; Melody J. (Gary) Henderson, Byron; Rev. Dr. Michael L. (Jan) Marshall, Fort Worth, Texas; Patrick E. (Rhonda) Marshall, Byron; and Kevin R. (MaryKay) Marshall, Mt. Morris; grandchildren: Cheryl (Joe) Jicha, Lauren (Jon) Silvers, Timothy (Rhonda) Duffy, Dr. Todd (Dr. Alicia) Duffy, Corey (Jamie) Buck, Mindy (Tom) Becker, Allison Marshall, Adam Marshall, Andrea (Patrick) Kelley, Collin (Alix), Marshall, Hanna (Skyler) Starnes ; step-grandchildren: Dana (John Hill) Henderson, and Todd (Amy) Henderson; Several great grandchildren, and many great great grandchildren.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Eugene and Merlyn, son: Steven D. Ridenour, brother: Hibbard “Junior.”
Services were held in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, on Saturday October 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Michael Marshall officiating. Burial in 12 Mile Grove Cemetery, Pecatonica, at 1:30 p.m. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. until service time in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris.
Memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and/or Disciples United Methodist Church.