DIXON – Marilyn Jean (Kelly) Buckingham, age 90 of Dixon, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at KSB Hospital, with her daughters by her side. She was born March 8, 1929, in Dixon, the daughter of Catherine (Hill) and John “Jack” Kelly.
Marilyn graduated from Dixon High School in 1947. She married Donald E “Buck” Buckingham on April 4, 1952 in Dixon. They were happily married for 66 years, living their lives in Grand Detour, where they raised their two daughters, Laurie and Kay.
Marilyn was a stay-at-home mom for many years while her children were young. She was a Girl Scout leader, PTA president, and a Sunday School teacher for many years. She went to work for the Dixon Chamber of Commerce as the executive secretary, retiring in 1991.
Marilyn loved boating on the Rock River with her husband, Buck, and their friends. She was one of the original “River Rats.” Marilyn enjoyed traveling with her husband. One of her favorite destinations was St Pete Beach, Florida, where she spent time visiting with family and friends. Marilyn adored spending time with her sister, Jackie and brother-in-law, John. Marilyn never met a stranger, she was easy going, always meeting a new friend or two where ever she went. Marilyn was especially proud of her Irish heritage and loved to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. She enjoyed cooking for her family, tending to her flower gardens, and watching the different birds come and go from one of her many feeders. Marilyn looked forward to shopping trips with her daughters and granddaughters. She cherished her time with each of her grandchildren, watching them play, having sleepovers and attending their dance recitals and many competitions. She felt especially blessed when her great-grandchildren were born.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Jackie Ambelang.
Survivors include her daughters, Laurie (Tim) McBride and Kay (Steve) Heckman, both of Dixon; four grandchildren, Katie (Scott) Ragan, Sarah (Mike) Countryman, Jamie (Nick) Barber, and Lukas Heckman; six great-grandchildren, Jack and Benjamin Ragan, Emma and Madelyn Jean Countryman, and Jackson and Lola Barber; and her brother-in-law, John Ambelang of Iowa.
Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of cremains will be in Grand Detour Cemtery. A celebration of Marilyn’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Porkys, 1315 E. River Road in Dixon.
A memorial has been established to Heritage Square in Dixon. Special thanks to the staff at Heritage Square for their exceptional care.
Arrangements by the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com