Marie Tomlins
1947 - 2021
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Marie Tomlins
PEORIA - Marie A. Tomlins, 73, of Peoria passed away at home on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Marie was born on July 25, 1947, in Peoria to Eugene and Adele (Zimmerman) Falkenthal. She married Wayne C. Tomlins on June 29, 1968, at St. John's Catholic Church in Peoria. He passed away on September 19, 1993. She married William Murray Miller on October 12, 2001. He passed away on July 14, 2016. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Marie is survived by her two children, Gregory (Margaret Hanley) and Meg (Joe Troglio), both of Peoria; ten grandchildren, Fiona, Edward, Ellen, Catherine, Tommy and Paul Tomlins, Jack (Madison) and Nick Glenn and Jonathan and Megan Troglio; one brother, Edward (Joann) Falkenthal of Lacon, one sister, Jeanne (Joseph) Schudt of Frankfort, IL; and many nieces and nephews.
Marie was a doting grandma "Mimi." She loved and was very proud of her grandchildren. With them, she discovered her love for playing games, making art projects and frosting bunny cakes at Easter. She lived to watch them play sports and perform in dance, theatre and music. She read countless stories and taught them math.
She was inspiring in her personal achievements for lifelong learning, earning her Bachelor's in Medical Technology from the University of Illinois when her children were school-aged. She was an avid reader. The greatest gift she gave us was her demonstration of kindness and compassion to others, guided by her Catholic faith. She spent years volunteering in the classroom at St. Edward's School in Chillicothe. Her work took her to many laboratories in the area, including the American Red Cross, Renal Care and OSF Internal Medicine.
Marie's family would like to thank her healthcare teams at OSF St. Francis, Illinois Cancer Care, Allergy & Asthma of Illinois and Mayo Clinic for years of excellent care. We will not forget you.
Services will include a visitation at St. Mark's Church in Peoria on Sunday, May 16, 2021, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., with Rosary from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Mark's will be celebrated by Msgr. Brian Brownsey on Monday, May 17, 2021, at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. The mass will be live-streamed at the St. Mark School Facebook page. Private burial will be at the Chillicothe City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Marie asked that donations be directed to St. Mark's School, 711 N. Underhill, Peoria, IL 61606.
Arrangements are under the care of Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. Online condolences may be made at

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from May 8 to May 10, 2021.
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June 3, 2021
Your mom was my image of motherhood. I'm so grateful you shared her with me as teenagers. I'm so sorry I didn't know before. God bless you both Meg and Greg. You were always examples I aspired to. I hope you found and have the comfort you need. Bless you and your families Peace
David Rodden
May 9, 2021
I remember working with Marie at American Red Cross in the lab. She was a lovely and kind person, and a good listener to others. She had a mischievous sense of humor that made my day more than once, and she was the encouragement I needed to go back to school for a graduate degree. She believed in me when I doubted myself. I'll never forget her. She had a profound influence on my life as I am sure she did on many others. Rest in peace, Marie.
Sue Wyckoff
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