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The Bureau County Republican from Princeton, Illinois • a18

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18 Bu re au Co un ty Re pu bl ic an Sh aw Lo ca l.c om Sa tu rd ay eb ru ar 11 ,2 02 3 BU RE AU CO UN TY RE PU BL IC AN Marilyn S. Smith of Dixon, Illinois, a child of God, loving Wife, Mother, Grandma, Sister, and Aunt passed away Friday, February 4, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn Sue Smith was born February 21, 1943, in Princeton, IL, to Robert and Janice (Lafferty) Price. She married her soul mate David Earle Smith on September 17, 1961, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, in Princeton, IL.

Survivors include her two sons, David and Sharon (Houston) Smith, Dixon, IL, and Mike and Audrey (Stanley) Smith, Dixon, IL. Her grandchildren are Matthew and Lexi Smith, Benjamin and Mariah Smith, Jacob Smith and Kynsey Creel, Samuel Smith, Michelle and Ethan Daniels, Andrew Smith, Megan Smith, Nicole Butler, Sarah Butler, Emily Smith, and Brooklyn Butler. Her great grandchildren are Aubrey, Layne, Grayson, Nova, Leighton, and Beau, and several nieces and neph- ews. Additional survivors are sister Nancy (Charles) Dyche, and brother-in-law Richard (Linda Rivers) Smith. Her special friends were Sandy Hudgin, Fay Duffy, Jerry Fuzak, and her She was preceded in death by her husband David E.

Smith, her parents, Robert and Janice Price, sister Jacqueline Lynch, and brother- in-law Charles Lynch, and her father and mother-in-law, Earle and Eloise Smith. May they rest in peace. In 1963 she was hired at Dixon State School. During the next 30 years, she worked as an occupational therapist. She loved helping her patients and would often say she loved them as if they were her own kids.

Marilyn was a strong family woman who loved her husband and two sons. Her main priorities in life were God, family, and friends. She loved traveling with her husband around the country as he shot trap. She really loved meeting new people and developing lifelong relationships. It was easy for Marilyn to make friends.

soul full of happiness and gener- osity will be missed by many. Her infectious smile and laugh always brightened the atmosphere wherever she was. She loved hanging out with her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Memories that will last a lifetime will remind us of a beautiful woman inside and out. We love you Marilyn and will truly miss you.

A Celebration of Life for Marilyn and her husband David will be held on Saturday Feb. 18, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Mama Cimi- event room 104 Peoria Ave. in Dixon. Memorial donations can be directed to Granny Rose Animal Shelter or Serenity Hos- pice in Oregon, IL. Arrangements by the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.

Condolences can be left at MARILYN S. SMITH Born: February 21, 1943 in Princeton, IL Died: February 4, 2023 in Dixon, IL How to submit: Send obituary information to or call 815-526-4438. Notices are accepted until 2 p.m. Tuesday for the next edition.

Obituaries also appear online. OBITUARIES Bu re au Co un ty Re pu bl ic an Sh aw Lo ca l.c om Sa tu rd ay eb ru ar 11 ,2 02 3 BU RE AU CO UN TY RE PU BL IC AN Judith Ann Bills Kulin, age 82, of Greenville, Texas, passed away after a short illness on January 3, 2023. Her family will be holding a Celebration of Life at a later date. Judy was born in Princeton, Illinois, and grew up on the family farm in Sheffield. She attended Bradly University, where her room- mate introduced her to her future husband.

Judy and Harvey married in June of 1960 and located in Champaign where Harvey finished his studies at the University of Illinois. They raised two children and made homes in several Midwest states, before settling down in Greenville in 1985. Judy enjoyed working in an educational environment and had retired from the Communication Services Department of East Texas State University (which is now Texas Commerce). She loved horses and animals in general. Other interests included following several sports teams, listening to NPR, and reading; she was thrilled when the Outlander novel was made into a television series.

Judy is survived by her husband, Harvey; son Harvey J. Kulin from Tahuya, Washington; daughter, Sherie Russell and husband, Brad of Garland, Texas; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Fred Bills and wife, Sharon of Granville, Illinois; a niece and nephew; two great nieces. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Burton and Darlene Bills. family ask in lieu of flowers, dona- tions be made to your local animal shelter or plant a tree in memory. JUDITH ANN (BILLS) KULIN Born: March 10, 1940 in Princeton, IL Died: January 3, 2023 in Greenville, TX Gary L.

Oloffson, 65, of Shef- field, died Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at OSF St. Francis, Peoria. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Cremations Services, Sheffield. Rev.

Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St.

Research Hospital. Gary Lee was born June 30, 1957, in Princ- eton, IL, the son of Richard and Lila (Roush) Oloffson. He graduated from Manlius High School in 1975, and then from Bradley Uni- versity. Gary was a radio announcer for KZ93 Peoria. He loved sports, especially Chicago sports, and playing golf.

Survivors include a son, Sean Oloffson, Peoria; daughter, Sami Oloffson, Houston, TX; brothers, Rick (Margie) Oloffson, Naperville, and Greg Oloffson, CA; sister, Sherri (David) Lee, Hinsdale; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Rocky, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be expressed at obituary at www.stackhousemoore. com. GARY OLOFFSON Born: June 30, 1957 in Princeton, IL Died: February 7, 2023 in Peoria, IL as a clearer sense of where to from here.

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