Marlys Elaine Sillman, age 74, of Gary, SD passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in the Select Specialty Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012 in the United Methodist Church, Gary, SD.
Burial will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Gary. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19th in the United Methodist Church, Gary, SD and will resume Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. The Houseman Funeral Home in Clear Lake, SD is entrusted with the arrangements.
Marlys Elaine Sillman was born on April 6, 1938 to Walter and Emma (Lundquist) Bengtson in the family home near Clarkfield, MN. As a child, her family lived in various communities in Minnesota, settling on a farm North of Gary, SD. Marlys attended and graduated from Gary High School in 1956.
On February 16, 1957 she was united in marriage to Harold Sillman in the Garfield Lutheran Church rural Madison, MN. Following their marriage, they lived in the Gary, SD area. They moved to Buffalo Center, Iowa where they lived for two years before returning to Gary. Marlys worked at the Deuel County Good Samaritan Center in Clear Lake and also worked at the Alibi in Gary. Marlys passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in the Select Specialty Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 10 days.
Marlys was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gary where she was active in the UMW and the church choir. She also served on the Gary Housing Board and the Gary Community Club. Marlys enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing the keyboard and dancing. She loved spending time with her family and friends and lived life to the fullest. She especially loved her dog Cookie.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband Harold Sillman, Gary, SD; six children: Lori (Paul) Lohmann, Rockford, MN, Todd Sillman, Gary, SD, Kimberly (Greg) Atkinson, Jacksonville, FL, LaDonna (Rick) West, Apache Junction, AZ, Jessica (Troy) Sillman, Willmar, MN and Jennifer (Scot) Roth, Dawson, MN; seven grandchildren: Bobbi Jo Benz, Ashley Tannhof, Kendra Brugh, Aubrey Roth, Taygen Roth, Stella Roth and Jaxon Heitland; one great grandchild: Nicholas Tannhof; one sister Arwilda Taylor, Bellingham, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Marlys was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers: Lovell, Raymond, Paul, Harlan, Morris and Alvin Bengtson and one sister, Dorothy Thole.