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Marilyn Jean Forcum

Birth Date: September 8, 1937
Death Date: March 22, 2017

EAST PEORIA — Marilyn Jean Forcum, 79, of East Peoria, formerly of Decatur, passed away early morning Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Marilyn was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Decatur, Ill., to Howard and Mary (Miller) Mansfield. She married Archie Ray Forcum on Nov. 11,1956, in Decatur. One of Marilyn’s favorite past times was riding in her red Mustang convertible, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Archie; one daughter, Michelle Forcum of East Peoria, Ill.; one son, Marty Forcum of Creve Coeur, Ill.; two grandchildren, Mikie (Angela) Forcum Jr. and Jeremy (Tracy Coffman) Forcum; great-grandchildren, Holly Forcum and one on the way; one sister, Ilene (Jim) Nolan of Decatur, Ill.; two brothers, Steve (Janet) Mansfield of Elburn, Ill., and Keith (Myra) Mansfield of Decatur, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Michael Forcum Sr.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Marilyn Jean Forcum will be at4 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2017, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Ill. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to The National Kidney Foundation , 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or American Heart Association , 2141 W. White Oaks Drive, Ste A, Springfield, IL 62704.

The family of Marilyn Jean Forcum is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, Ill. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Celebration of Life
March 27, 2017
4:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Visitation prior to ceremony
March 27, 2017
2:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Marilyn was a good friend and also worked for me at Montgomery ward for many years in Decatur and Peoria.Marilyn was a wonderful person. I'am so sorry Archy for your loss. Don Barber

  2. Archie, Michelle, Jeremy and the family of Marilyn Forcum,
    So sorry about the loss of your loved one. She was a lovely lady and I know she will be greatly missed by her friends and family. It was always fun seeing her and Archie enjoying the breezes as they road around town in their convertible, always the forever young in heart couple. May the grace of God sustain you now and in the difficult days ahead.

  3. We are not ready to say goodbye. We are not ready to lose that beautiful smile, that infectious laugh, that vivacious personality, or those loving hands cradling a new baby. No, we are not ready to say goodbye.

    Archie, Marty, Michelle, Mike, Jeremy, and all who loved her….we know you especially were not ready to say goodbye. You are in out thoughts and prayers.

    Love you all,

    Steve and Janet

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