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Thursday, January 20, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Marilyn Salmond

Marilyn J. Walsh Salmond, 81, Normal, passed away at 5:11 p.m. Monday (Jan. 17, 2011) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Epiphany Catholic Church, Normal, with Monsignor Eric Powell officiating. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Wapella. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be for one half hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Cancer Research Center, Epiphany Catholic Church, Catholic Social Service or BroMenn Thrift Store.

Marilyn was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Bloomington, the daughter of Leo and Julia Kelley Walsh. She married Robert E. Salmond on June 11, 1955, in Wapella. He died Nov. 11, 1981.

Surviving are her five children, Kathleen Salmond, Normal; Janet Salmond (Thomas) Paley, St. Louis, Mo.; Christine Salmond, Bloomington; Michael Salmond, Denver, Colo.; and John Salmond, Hyattsville, Md.; two grandchildren, Julia and Stephen Paley; and a brother, John L. Walsh, Wapella.

Marilyn was a graduate of Wapella High School and of Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa. While a student there, she excelled in music as a member of the piano ensemble.

Marilyn was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed volunteering in her community and church. She served on the board of Catholic Social Service, was assistant director of CCD classes at Epiphany Catholic Church and also served on the board of directors for McLean County Home Extension and volunteered for several years at the BroMenn Thrift Store.
Marilyn was a kind and caring friend to all of her family and friends. She was extremely bright and witty and was always engaged in other people’s lives and families. She nurtured an environment that allowed for individuality, creativity, exploration and true adventure. She loved to travel and also enjoyed animals.

She is loved and will be truly missed by all. extends our deepest sympathies to the Salmond and Walsh families.

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