Marilyn Lee King
Merritt Funeral Home
800 Monroe Street
Mendota, IL
Marilyn Lee King

Born: January 17, 1941

Died: June 5, 2021

PERU – Marilyn Lee King, 80, of Peru and formerly of Mendota, passed away on June 5, 2021, after a yearlong struggle with cancer.

Marilyn was born January 17, 1941, to Clarence and Alvina (Lipka) Rich in LaSalle. She attended Ophir/Triumph schools and graduated from Mendota High School in 1958, where she was an A student.

She was preceded in death by her parents; as well as her brothers, Clarence Rich and Wayne Rich; and her brother-in-law Larry Neuhalfen.

She was married October 8, 1958, to Richard Arthur King of Mendota. They were together for a grand total of 66 years - as they dated for 3 years in high school. Rick and Marilyn led an adventurous life together; they have lived in a total of 24 places in their married life. Included are locations in and around Mendota, RI, CA, GA, FL and for many years Jamestown, NC. They also traveled all over the USA - visiting 48 of the 50 states, including Hawaii, and had traveled to Mexico and Germany.

Marilyn worked for many years for Black Bros. in High Point, NC and Mendota. She managed the Sincerely Yours card shop in Greensboro, NC, and helped run King Implement of Mendota. She also was la ifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Mendota, very active in their semi-annual garage sale. She also belonged to the BPOE (Elks) in Mendota.

She is survived by her husband Rick; their two children and two grandchildren - son David (Julia) King of Concord, NC (grandchildren Julia Alexandra King and Richard Andrew King), and daughter LeeAnn King (Wallace) Bailey of DeLand, FL. She is also survived by her sister, Carol Ann (Rich) Neuhalfen; sister-in-law, Barbara Rich; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

She loved animals very much, as she grew up on a farm. A listing of even her favorite dogs, cats, horses, and cattle would fill a page. They bred Chow Chows and Westies and had innumerable other pets. She also loved flowers and gardening and was a winner more often than not at the slots.

Marilyn will be very much missed by her family and friends. If you can attend the visitation or church service, she would have loved for everyone to wear something purple.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2021 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Church services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at First United Methodist Church, Mendota with the Rev. Mary Bohall officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First United Methodist Church Mendota or Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, Princeton.

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Published by Bureau County Republican on Jun. 12, 2021.
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Merritt Funeral Home
800 Monroe Street, Mendota, IL
First United Methodist Church
, Mendota, IL
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Marilyn & Rick where always wonderful host when we came to town, taking us out to eat and giving us a tour of the town we will miss her..she’s in God hands now..R.I.P. my Friend
Brett & Laurie Bowerman
June 19, 2021
Rich, You have my most depest sympathies, Marilyn Always greated me with her big smile. Sounds like you two led an exiting life. I was totally blown away when I read this. Rich your in my thoughts and Prayers for you and Marilyn. I will always remember her as a good friend.
Norman Parks
June 10, 2021
I was blessed to be in your home and at your dinner table many times in my youth! I loved the laughter in your home! The lazy Susan on the table, always a bowl of peas! Lol We always laughed about those peas and everone made fun of me hating them and I crack up loving them now. You were a safe haven for me. I thank for the hugs, laugh, loving advice and giving me my bff for life I love you, Sherry
Sherry Fulk - Bryant
June 9, 2021
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