Marilyn Bean
1949 - 2021
January 17, 1949
June 8, 2021
Barto Funeral Home - Spring Valley
120 West Cleveland Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
Marilyn Bean

Born: January 17, 1949

Died: June 8, 2021

UTICA – Marilyn Bean, 72, of Utica, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at the home of her son, Jeff.

Funeral services for Marilyn will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, at the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, followed by burial at the Hollowayville United Church of Christ Cemetery. Rev. Calvin Foreman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of funeral services, Saturday, June 12, at the Barto Funeral Home.

Marilyn was born on January 17, 1949 in Ashland, IL to Delmar "Dink" and Eileen (Lipscomb) Mathy. She married David Bean on May 16, 1970 in the Ashland Church of Christ.

Marilyn graduated from Ashland High School in 1967 and Gem City Business College in 1968. She followed up with classes at I.V.C.C. Marilyn was employed by the State of Illinois for 25 years, 22 as a public aid caseworker in Bureau County. Marilyn was an avid lover and loyal follower of her beloved Chicago Cubs, having witnessed their World Series Championship in 2016. She also enjoyed Hall High School football and watching their two state championships.

As her children grew, she was active in Cub Scouts as board secretary, Honey Pot Nursery School as both secretary and president of the board, and the Gymcats gymnastics club as a volunteer. She served as board secretary for the first board of directors of the Freedom House (domestic shelter) in Princeton, which she helped form. She was a past member of the Hollowayville United Church of Christ, having served as board secretary and several department heads.

Marilyn is survived by her son, Jeff Bean (Sherry Testa) of Princeton, and her daughter, Keri Bean (Eric) Mertes of Corinth, MS; her four grandchildren, Madison and Makenzie Bean and Leyton and Spencer Mertes; and three special friends from her childhood, Brenda Matthews, Doris Gregory, and Marie Keeney.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband David; a sister in infancy; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Published by News Tribune on Jun. 10, 2021.
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The Jeans
June 12, 2021
I have fond memories of volunteering with Marilyn for the Gymcats and going to the meets. I will never forget the weekend we took Beth and Keri to the meet in Kansas City.
Marilyn may you R.I.P. Jeff n Keri you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carolyn A Schmitt
June 12, 2021
She was a wonderful person. We had fun when we went to Peoria shopping. We were supposed to go to a cubs game together but we never made it. RIP Marilyn.
Emma Kasperski
June 10, 2021
I was only fortunate enough to work with Marilyn at Bureau County IDPA for a brief period of time. She was such a little belt person. Always a hard and capable worker. She was a warning person! I only wish that I was able to know her better! She will clearly be missed!!!
Patricia Ross
June 9, 2021
So sorry for your loss
Marcia and Jeff Schaub
June 9, 2021
Aunt Bean was a wonderful lady, I will miss her dearly. Hugs, love & prayers to all of you
Renee Taylor
June 9, 2021