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10/10/2020 10:10:00 AM
Marilyn (Funderburk) Reiff
August 21, 1934 - September 29, 2020
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Marilyn (Funderburk) Reiff passed away on September 29, 2020 in Robertsdale, Ala.  

Marilyn was born on August 21, 1934 in Herrick, Ill. a daughter of Veda (Hayes) and Elmer Funderburk. Marilyn graduated from Pana High School, Pana, Ill. in 1952 and from St. John’s School of Nursing, Springfield, Ill. in 1955.

Marilyn married Robert House on December 2, 1955 in Taylorville, Ill. She later married Carl Reiff on February 2, 1979 in Decatur, Ill. Both preceded her in death. Marilyn and Carl embarked on many adventures including moving to Brazil and traveling extensively in South America during his employment with Caterpillar. They returned to the States and lived in Lafayette, Ind. for six years. When Carl retired, they settled in Decatur, Ill. and were co-drivers for the Decatur Memorial Hospital Cancer Care van transporting patients to therapy and treatment. In 2015, Marilyn moved to Live Oak Village, Foley, Ala. She loved participating in activities there and made many new friends. Marilyn and her best friend, Doris were affectionately known as Thelma and Louise.  

Marilyn was resilient, always smiling and ready for the next challenge and adventure life had to offer. Her quick wit, sense of humor and unfailing love for her family will not be forgotten. She was an avid reader, loved her cats (Porque, Gray and Daisy), and in later years wrote beautiful poems.

Second only to her love for family, nursing was Marilyn’s passion. She was a devoted, compassionate Registered Nurse at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville, Ill. from 1955- 1979. She later worked in the Rehabilitation Unit at Home Hospital, Lafayette, Ind.  

She is survived by three children: Karen (Clyde) Mannon of Foley, Ala.: Jim (Cecelia) House of Upland, Calif. and Karla House of Sullivan, Ill. The light of her life were her grandchildren: Kayla House, Decatur, Ill. and Patrick (Juliana) Mannon, Arlington, Va. She also has one great-granddaughter, Quinn House, Decatur, Ill. Also surviving are siblings, Elmer (Marilyn) Funderburk, Austin, Texas; Gary Funderburk, London, Ohio and Janet (John) Jordan, Moweaqua, Ill.

Services to celebrate Marilyn’s life will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements by Dawson & Wikoff, 515 W. Wood St. Decatur, view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

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