Marilyn Lou Martin, 92, of Bushnell, Illinois passed away at 5:10 PM Sunday August 14, 2022 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb, IL. She was born March 13, 1930 in Burlington, IA to Merlin and Bertha (Brown) Nichols Sr. She married James R. Martin on April 12, 1953 in Avon, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2011.

Surviving are four children, James R. (Shirley) Martin II of Bushnell, IL; Thomas (Deb) Martin of Bushnell, IL; Elizabeth A. (Neil) Cramblet of O’Fallon, MO; and Mary L. (Brian) Fisher of Macomb, IL. He is also survived by 9 Grandchildren and 17 Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband and two grandchildren, Ashley Fisher and James R. Martin III and a brother, Merlin L. Nichols Jr.

Marilyn was a 50+ year member of the Bushnell VFW Auxiliary, 50+ year member of the Prairie City and Bushnell Order of the Easter Star, 30+ year member of the Grandmothers club until it disbanded. She was also a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, Bushnell United Methodist Church, Bushnell Bridge Club and absolutely enjoyed playing Bingo at the Elms. Marilyn enjoyed watching QVC, nicked named QVC Queen and Wheel of Fortune.

She also loved gardening, she loved to grow flowers, with a specialty for growing Roses, which were her favorite. We should also not forget her love of her Grand-dogs, especially Duke and Cheese.

Funeral Services will be held Friday August 19, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, where visitation will be held Thursday August 18, 2022 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM. Pastor Dave Eden will officiate. Burial will be in the Prairie City Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bushnell Rescue Squad. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at

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