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Marilyn Frances Williams

Marilyn Frances Williams, 81, of Gillespie, passed away at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 9:20 p.m.

She was born March 19, 1943, in Gillespie, to Robert M. Reid and Elizabeth Hendren Reid.

She was a registered nurse for home health.  Marilyn was a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.

She loved science, animals especially dogs and animal shows on TV.

She is survived by her daughter, Tracey (Kevin) Kreipe of Thayer; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Bennett) Smith, Nolan (Zoe) Kreipe, Colin Kreipe; great-grandchild, Elliott Smith and special friend, Jack Matlack.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert, James, William and John.

Visitation will be held on on Friday, March 29, 2024 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 10 to 11 a.m.  A memorial service will follow at the funeral home at 11 a.m.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Gillespie Public Library.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.