Marilyn Joyce Ramsey

August 3, 1935 ~ May 13, 2018 (age 82)

Marilyn Joyce Ramsey, age 82, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

Marilyn was born on August 3, 1935 in Peoria, Illinois, the daughter of Elmer and Mable Marie (Casey) Bailey.  On August 29, 1951, she was united in marriage to Melvin Ramsey in Peoria, Illinois.  From this union, seven children were born, Linda, Linda, Carol, Kathy, Jimmy, Dale and Earl.

Marilyn worked in manufacturing for many years of her younger life.  Later, she worked for the State of Illinois Heath Center in Elgin, Illinois.  In 1963, she was baptized in the Baptist faith.  She enjoyed playing bingo, and going to rummage sales and auctions.  She loved music, especially Patsy Cline.

Left to cherish Marilyn's memory are her children, Linda (Larry ) Heflin of Canton, Illinois, Linda Brown (John Poli) of Centerville, former son-in-law, Roger Brown of Centerville, Carol (Tom) Kramka of Grapevine, Texas, Kathy (Kevin) McLean of Tualatin, Oregon, Jimmy (Cindy) Ramsey of Burbank, Illinois, and Dale (Pam) Ramsey of Sycamore, Illinois; twenty grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Jimmy Miller of Arizona; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Ramsey in 1986; her parents, Elmer and Mable Marie Bailey; a son, Earl Ramsey; two brothers, Ward Miller Jr. and Bill Bailey; and three sisters, Delores Curren, Sharon Munn, and Patricia Ramey.

Funeral services will be held at 3PM, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, with Pastor Kay Singley officiating. A visitation will take place, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Lange Funeral Home in Centerville, with family greeting friends from 1-3PM.  Burial will be held at Dutton Chapel Cemetery, near Golconda, Illinois at a later date. Memorials have been established to the Marilyn Ramsey Memorial, to be decided at a later date, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at

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