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Marilyn Morgan Durkee

July 26, 1927 November 8, 2011
Marilyn Morgan Durkee
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PEORIA- Marilyn Morgan Durkee, 84, of Peoria, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on November 8, 2011, at Independence Village. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Marilyn devoted her life to serving others and practicing her faith. A survivor of childhood poverty, the early loss of her mother and twin sister, breast cancer, and the terminal illness of her husband, Marilyn’s loving, joyful spirit never wavered. Marilyn was a Registered Nurse in her home state of Georgia and in Illinois, as well as a Trauma Nurse Specialist for the State of Illinois. Her nursing career spanned 30 years, mainly working for Condell Memorial Hospital in Libertyville, IL. During this time, she became Head Nurse-Trauma, working in the ER and training paramedics. Marilyn later cared for at-risk infants and developed the Employee Health Service. She received a customer service award and many accolades for serving newborns and improving nursery operations. She was Condell’s first Volunteer of the Year, began a volunteer program at the hospital, directed the Penwasciz volunteer program, and organized many successful fundraisers. From the time her five children were young, Marilyn was active in schools, the church, and the community. Marilyn received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award and was nominated for Woman of Achievement in Lake County. She received a Lane Bryant Citation for outstanding service to church, school and community. At fifty seven, Marilyn achieved her lifelong goal of earning a college degree, a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts, from College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. Marilyn married Charles E. Durkee on November 6, 1948 in Atlanta, GA. He passed away on May 27, 2001 in Peoria. After the death of her husband, Marilyn became more actively involved in her church, St. Vincent de Paul. She joined the choir, a source of great joy and friendship for her, and was a lector at weekly masses. Marilyn attended Cursillo #715. A well-known and loved resident of Independence Village for 8 years, Marilyn spent much time visiting and cheering up her fellow residents; she also drove residents to daily and Sunday masses. Marilyn was crowned the first Queen of Independence Village. She enjoyed being a member of the Red Hat Society. Marilyn will be reunited in death with her husband, Charles; her parents; twin sister, Carolyn; “soul sister”, Jeanetta Flynn; stillborn son, Stephen; sister, Frances; and many friends and family members. She leaves a legacy of love and faith to her children: Tom (Sharon) of Peoria; Mary (Tim) Lawrence of Nashville, TN; James of Crapo, MD; Joan Durkee of Kenosha, WI; George (Adela) of Oakwood Hills, IL; her grandchildren: Lisa (Josh) Barbee of Toulon, Monica (Matt) Lappie of Bartonville; Marie (John) Achterberg of Peoria; Kevin (Meghan) of Dayton, OH; Laura Durkee of Washington; Brian and Philip Durkee of Peoria; Megan and Michael Lawrence of Nashville, TN; Kelly, Karen, Anthony and Jonathan Rice; Wayne Brady of Crystal Lake, IL; Seth (Allison) Brady of Naperville, IL; Cecily (Ryan) Heuser of Marengo, IL; and Coral (James) Williams of Oakwood Hills, IL; twenty-five great-grandchildren; her sister, Josephine (James) Barfield of Palmetto, GA; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staffs of OSF Hospice and Spoon River Home Health for their loving care as Marilyn’s health declined. She promises to watch over us and asks that, if we start to miss her, we remember our many happy times together. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 AM, Saturday, November 12, 2011 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Peoria. Rev. Donald Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, November 11, at Wright and Salmon Mortuary and ½ hour prior to the Mass at church on Saturday. A Rosary will be recited at 6:45 PM Friday at the visitation. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, St. Bernard Catholic Church, or OSF Hospice. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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