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Marilyn D. Dooley, 77, of Quincy, passed away at 11:48 p.m. Saturday (August 18, 2018) in Blessing Hospital.
Born June 30, 1941 in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada, Marilyn was the daughter of George and Marian Christensen Karlsen. She was married to Richard Dooley. Marilyn came to the United States in 1966 and immediately became a proud American. She fulfilled her goal and became an official U. S. Citizen on September 15, 2017.
Marilyn was full of life and never met a stranger. Her favorite saying was (Hello Darlin'). She enjoyed listening to christian and country music and traveling with her sister, Janet and brother in law, Jack. Marilyn will be remembered as a wonderful neighbor and influenced many young lives as a sitter. She was especially proud of a letter she received from one of her "children" upon their graduation from high school.
Her passion in life was sewing. She loved sewing, embroidery work and crocheting and was employed as a seamstress and tailor at Robert Hall Clothiers and J.C. Penny when she first moved to Quincy. She later was employed in Quality Control for Harris Corporation for over 30 years until her retirement in 2002.
Strong minded, strong spirited, loving and extremely caring, as a single mother, Marilyn made sure her family never lived in poverty and was never hungry.
Survivors include two children, Christine Dooley Slowinski (Kevin) of Schaumburg, IL and Tommas "Tommy" Dooley of Quincy; two grandchildren, Matthew Sporleder (Christine) and Michael Sporleder (fiance', Tina Paleothodoris) both Schaumburg, IL; three brothers, Karl Karlsen (Mary), Billy Karlsen (Valerie) and Melvin Karlsen (Peggy) all of British Columbia; two sisters, Janet Bonvini (Jack) of Prescott Valley, AZ and Marion Reid (David) of British Columbia; many loving nieces and nephews; her ex husband, Richard Dooley (Harriett) of Hannibal, MO and their children, Ronda Barton (Tom) and Dinie Sanders (R. J.).
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Georgette Karlsen and Loretta Brazeau; and a great niece, Jessie Bonvini.
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Sommerfeldt officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Quincy Medical Group Foundation for Oncology.