Marilyn Boastick

Marilyn Boastick

URBANA – Marilyn Ann Boastick of Urbana went to rest with her Lord on Oct. 10, 2012. She was 79.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., in Champaign. The Rev. Robert Phillips will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Marilyn was born Oct. 18, 1932, in Sadorus to Elmer George and Lillian Marie (Coffey) Holleman. He later married Mildred C. Reifsteck.

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother of and surviving are two sons, Jame G. Boastick of Urbana and Ron (Susi) Boastick II of Champaign; three daughters, Marla Brownfield, Christine (Richard) McCormick and Lorri Boastick, all of Urbana; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by one brother, Terry (Susan) Holleman of Champaign; three sisters, Lorraine Gerhart of Urbana, and Beverly (Howard) Schweighart and Deborah (John) Palmisano, both of Champaign; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father (1977), mother (1934), step-mother (2008) and loving companion, James 'Jim' Cook (1995).

Marilyn graduated from Champaign Senior High School in 1950. She was an active member of the a cappella choir, Chorus, Latin Club and the Knitting Club. For several years she was a member of the Rosebud Theta Rho Girls Club No. 9, an organization sponsored by the I.O.O.F. Lodge and Rebekka Auxiliary. She was president of the club in 1949. Her interests were her children, grand and great-grandchildren, reading, knitting, camping and traveling.

She worked in the private sector until 1981, when she went to work at the University of Illinois Film Center as a clerk typist I. When the unit was closed in 1993, she was transferred to the Children's Research Center until she retired as a secretary III in 1995. While at the University, she was for many years a member of the Classified Employees Association and an active proponent of AFSCME.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Illini Christian Children's Home in St. Joseph or to the First Christian Church of Champaign or an organization of the donor's choice.

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