Marilyn M. Busby, 83, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 12:47 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Presence Health.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Vermilion Grove Friends Church, 3760 North 1500 East Road in Vermilion Grove, with Pastor Jim Walker officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Vermilion Grove Friends Church or Crown Hill Cemetery.
Marilyn was born on June 11, 1930, in Paris, to Homer and Thelma (Poole) Myers.
Marilyn was proud of the fact that she attended a one-room country school, graduating in 1944, the year that country schools were closed and consolidated. She then attended Paris High School and went on to Milliken University.
Marilyn is a longtime member of Vermilion Grove Friends Church. She was active in both Vermilion County and Edgar County 4-H, and a past member of Danville Garden Club and Danville Boat Club. Marilyn was a sponsor and supporter of Vermilion County Pheasants Forever, founding member of Antiquarians (antique study group), and member of Edgar County Historical Society. She was a past board member of the Georgetown Fair Board and was instrumental in saving the Stoney Creek Bridge on East Main Street in Danville. Marilyn was an award-winning cook and baker. When the kids were little, she made wedding cakes from her home. She fed scores of farmers at harvest, and mastered wild game recipes for many a hunter.
For a number of years, Marilyn was associated with Richard Haenel Realty and George Weller & Associates Realty. She was named “Realtor of the Year” in 1990, and was a multiple winner of the “Million Dollar Round Table.” Marilyn worked with her husband, Carl Busby (Busby Land & Auction), conducting on-site auctions for more than 40 years, as well as being a nationally known doll expert.
Marilyn married Carl on Nov. 10, 1955, in Ridge Farm. He preceded her in death in August of 2002.
Survivors include three children, Leigh Ann Busby, Tim (Juli) Busby and Patrick (Molly) Busby; two grandchildren, Samantha Busby and Hannah Busby; and a brother, Glen “Sonny” Myers. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Carl.
Marilyn never quit anything in her life. God just needed a little extra help, and knew who He could call on. A good family friend said it best when he said of Marilyn, “She will never rust out.” Guest register: www.papemortuary.com.