Marilyn Thomas

Marilyn ThomasMarilyn Kay Thomas, 72, of Rushville, died at 11:55 a.m. April 28, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born May 8, 1938, in Beardstown, a daughter of Harold and Kathryn Loring Ward. She married Wayne Thomas on Oct. 29, 1976, in Versailles. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mike (and Jan) Moore of Rushville; two daughters, Cindy (and Roger) Childers of Rushville and Lisa (and Mike) Kennedy of Canton, Mich.; one stepdaughter, Stacee (and Raymond) Rohn of Mt. Sterling; four brothers, Gary (and Cindy) Ward of Beardstown, Jerry (and Janie) Ward and Tim (and Shiela) Ward of both of Rushville and Jim Ward of Quincy; one sister, Judy (and Bob) Greer of Rushville; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Hedy Ward; and one nephew, Dusty Ward.

She attended Rushville High School. She first worked on the assembly line at Mobile Chemical in Jacksonville. She was a homemaker for many years before working at K-Mart in Macomb and Wal-Mart in Beardstown, retiring in 2001.

She was a member of Women of the Moose #2137 in Rushville and Ladies Auxiliary of Gutherie Pierce VFW #1239 in Beardstown. She also was the co-park ranger at Two Sisters' Knob Campground.

Services were held Monday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Reverend Carl Wiggins officiating. Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hope Blooms Foundation or Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Physical Therapy Department.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 5/4/2011

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