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Marilyn E. Dillow

DIXON – Marilyn E. Dillow, 82, of Dixon, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

She was born Jan. 13, 1931, in Eureka, to Elmer and Mary (Hartter) Mette. Marilyn received her diploma in 1948 from Sheffield High School.

She worked as a nurse for Dr. Gierhart of Prophetstown, where she met James L. Dillow. They were married on Nov. 5, 1961. Marilyn ran a day care center from home until her boys were in high school. She then worked at Farmers’ National Bank in Prophetstown, retiring in 1995.

Marilyn read constantly, often working her way through five mystery novels in a week. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and cooking (especially baking), but she lived for her sons and her grandchildren. 

Marilyn is survived by her husband, James L. Dillow; sons, Paul J. Dillow of Los Angeles, and James A. (Debra) Dillow of Dixon; granddaughters, Brittlyn and Kacie Jo; sisters, Frances Hughes of Sheffield and Nancy (Byron) Hallam of Estero, Fla.; and aunt, Annette Shurtter of Eureka.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.  The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Janet Wittenmyer officiating. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Dixon Public Library, 221 S. Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL  61021, or Henry C. Adams Memorial Library, 209 W. Third St., Prophetstown, IL  61277.

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