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Marilyn Joyce Illsley

February 28, 1937September 2, 2020

Marilyn Joyce Illsley Born: February 28,1937 Deceased: September 2, 2020 Marilyn Joyce Illsley entered heaven on September 2, 2020 at the age of 83 after suffering lung and heart complications of Coronavirus. Born on February 28, 1937 in West Windsor, New York to Russell F. Eckinger and Della W. (Brown) Eckinger. She married Wallace B. Illsley on December 15, 1956 in Sanitary Springs, New York and had two sons and one daughter and resided in Phoenix, Arizona at the time of her death. Marilyn’s strong personal faith and walk with Jesus Christ influenced and guided her life, and she read the Bible and prayed daily with Wally for family, pastors, missionaries, and friends. She accepted Christ as a child at Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in New York and attended church faithfully all her life. Marilyn’s greatest heart’s desire was that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren serve and honor the Lord in their lives. She served as a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church for over 30 years as Sunday school secretary, children’s choir director, choir member, soloist, deacon’s wife, and coordinator of many church events. She showed great hospitality, hosting missionaries, evangelists, family, and friends in her home. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Wallace B. Illsley. children Donald L. Illsley, Duane L. Illsley (and wife Ellen), and Debra L. Cox (and husband Dean), four grandchildren Jennifer Illsley, Johnathan Illsley (and wife Erica), Melissa Cox Beets, and Paul D. Cox (and wife Jenny), by eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Eric (EJ), Aurora, Elise, Everly, and Alexis Illsley, and Lily and Piper Cox, and by her brother R. Duane Eckinger of Missouri.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice , holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020


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Clindy Kachner

September 18, 2020

Marilyn was a lovely lady. I am so thankful that my niece was able to join the Illsley family and be a part of a wonderful multi generational Christian family. It was a joy to get to be around her and Wally when Johnathan and Erica graduated from Bible college, and when Johnathan was ordained to the ministry. My prayers go out to the family at this time of loss...But I know that the Lord will give you comfort in the time of need in the days and months ahead.
Much love from Aunt Red.


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