Marilyn Burns

Marilyn Burns

VENICE, Fla. – Marilyn D. Burns, 82, died in Venice, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. A former resident of Monticello and Bloomington, Marilyn had resided in Venice, Fla., for the past 20 years.

Marilyn was born in Worden, Ill., on June 8, 1930, the youngest of three children of Lester Cannon, a railroad telegrapher, and Grace (Dorr) Cannon, a school teacher. After a few family moves during her early years, Marilyn and her family settled in Monticello, where she lived for over 20 years. Marilyn graduated with honors from Monticello High School in 1948.

After marrying William Burns in 1962, Marilyn and her two children moved to Bloomington. Marilyn resided in Bloomington until husband Bill's retirement from State Farm Insurance Co. in 1991. Upon retirement, Marilyn and Bill moved to Venice, Fla., on a permanent basis.

Marilyn enjoyed playing bridge and was an accomplished player of this card game. She participated in a number of duplicate bridge clubs until retiring from competition a few years ago.

Marilyn was stricken with the polio virus at age 21 to become one of the thousands of victims afflicted by this debilitating disease. Despite the tremendous physical challenges she suffered from polio over the next 60 years, Marilyn lived her life with continued dignity, joy and satisfaction. Marilyn overcame her physical limitations because of her amazing strength of character, fortitude and courage.

Marilyn was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. Her family and friends were blessed to have Marilyn as part of their lives and were enriched by her love and kindness.

Marilyn is survived by her son, Michael Clodfelter (wife, Denise) of Orland Park; her grandson, Peter Clodfelter of Chicago; and her beloved long-haired Chihuahua dog, Brandy Peaches.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her father, Lester Cannon; her mother, Grace Cannon; her brother, Jack Cannon; her brother, Robert Cannon; her husband, William Burns; and her daughter, Lindsay Clodfelter.

A private visitation for the family was held in Venice, Fla.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the March of Dimes in Sarasota, Fla.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Venice. Please visit www.kays-ponger.com.