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Carolyn A. Marrs

July 14, 1949 December 9, 2018
Carolyn A. Marrs
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Carolyn A. Marrs, 69, of Olney, passed away on December 9, 2018 at her residence in Olney.  Carolyn was born July 14, 1949 in Olney, IL to parents Leo Edward and Lavinia (Hedrick) Galbreath. She married Steve Marrs on April 15, 1981 at Elm Street Christian Church and he survives.

Carolyn dedicated her life to working with children. She was an active leader of the La Leche League as well as a director of the children’s choir at OCC for many years.  Carolyn was one of the first educators in the area who was certified to serve those whose ability to control their behavior interfered with the education process. In fulfilling this passion, she was employed at Southeastern Special Education in Ste. Marie followed by a tenure as a regular education principal in Clay City and completed her career as a principal of a building for students with behavior disabilities in the Du Quoin area.  

She was a dedicated teacher as well as mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren traveling with them to camp grounds all around the state as well as in their home.  Camping was an important hobby to Carolyn and Steve and they enjoyed their time with their pets and often traveled with them. She was an avid reader and spent a lot of time with her nose in a book.  Shopping for unique gifts and sentimental keepsakes was also a hobby that Carolyn enjoyed.

Carolyn is survived by Husband, Steve Marrs of Olney; Son, Eric Graham and wife Kristina of Marion, IL; Son, Todd Graham and wife Sylvia of Marion, IL; Daughter, Misty Martin and husband Darren of Lake St. Louis, MO; Son, Kenny Graham and wife Katie of Lake St. Louis, MO; Step-son, Doug Marrs and wife Debbie of Glen Carbon, IL; Step-daughter, Kelly Eyer and husband Greg of Olney; Step-daughter, Jill Turnipseed and husband Mark of Olney; Grandchildren, Kyra Graham, Maya Graham, Jack Graham, Anna Graham Zoe Graham, Ella Martin, and Kaley Martin; Step-Grandchildren, Taylor Marrs, Hannah Gibson, Trevor Beal, Dalton Beal, Gloria Beal, Olivia Beal, Dianne Mewes. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother, Reginald L Galbreath.

Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Olney.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home in Olney.  A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney with burial following in Scott Cemetery.

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5:00 PM 12/14/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/14/2018 7:00:00 PM
Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home - Olney

205 East Elm Street
Olney, IL 62450

Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home - Olney
205 East Elm Street Olney 62450 IL
United States

Funeral Service




10:00 AM 12/15/2018 10:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

227 East Elm Street
Olney, IL 62450

First Presbyterian Church
227 East Elm Street Olney 62450 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Scott Cemetery Final Resting Place

1850 N
Mt. Erie, IL 62446

1850 N Mt. Erie 62446 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

First Presbyterian Church

227 East Elm Street
Olney, IL 62450

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