|Marian J. Gillen, 85, of Monmouth, died 10:45 PM, Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Monmouth Nursing Home.
She was born December 21, 1923 in Monmouth, the daughter of John and Ethel (Drayson) Engdahl. She attended Picayune School in Warren County and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1941. She attended Augustana College in Rock Island for 2 years.
Marian married William E. "Bill" Gillen on September 17, 1945 in Monmouth and he preceded her in death on October 24, 2000.
She devoted her life to her husband and raising their family.
Marian was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Altar & Rosary Society and the Larchland Ladies Aid Society.
Surviving are her 3 daughters, Peggy (Tom) Casteel, Kathy (Lonnie) Johnson, Jean (Dan) Butcher; 3 sons, John (Ann) Gillen, Bill (Cynthia) Gillen and Ed Gillen all of Monmouth; grandchildren, Andrea (Curt) Crum, Mark (Stefani) Gillen, Jeff (Hollie) Casteel, Julie (Mitch) Russell, Jimmy (Marissa) Casteel, Jillian (Adam) Keil, Doug (Mary) Reynolds, Zach (Cameo Losey) Johnson, Luke (Lauren) Johnson, Jenna (Brian) Parkins, Patrick Gillen, Nick (Brandi) Gillen, Christina Gillen & Steven Gillen; 17 great grandchildren; brothers & sisters in law, Roy (Helen) Gillen, Karen Gillen, George (Mary) Gillen, Lucille Gillen, Katherine Mills, Francis (Ralph) Elliott, Betty (Mike) Hennenfent all of Monmouth and Peg Sullivan of Galesburg, special cousin, Frannie Drayson McCoy of Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother in laws, Steve Mills, John Sullivan and Dick Gillen; sister in law, Mary Gillen Weber.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Church, Monmouth with Fr. Anthony Bernas & Deacon Wil Clark celebrating. Cremation will take place following the Mass with a private family committal in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth with a Rosary service beginning at 5:00 P.M. followed by visitation until 7:00 P.M.
Memorials may be given to Immaculate Conception Church or the Jamieson Center in Monmouth. Online condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com.