Marilyn Kay (Pribble) Stonebraker died September 13, 2016, in Fairmount, Illinois. Marilyn was at home with her devoted friend and constant companion, Winston, when she succumbed to a long illness. Winston earned his name because she said his pugnacious demeanor and severely sincere countenance reminded her of Winston Churchill.
Marilyn was born November 24, 1940, to Mary (Buhoveckey) and Glenn Pribble in Georgetown, Illinois. Her parents preceded her in death.
Marilyn is survived by her brother, Vernon (Maureen) Pribble of Auckland, New Zealand, and her sister, Winifred "Cookie" Cook of Springfield, Virginia. Two brothers, Robert E. Pribble and Ronald J. Pribble, preceded her in death.
Marilyn was the loving mother of five children: Doug Pryle, Denise Lynn Pryle, Teresa Pryle Lovett, Jefferey Pryle, and Christine Pryle Anderson Felix. Denise passed away May 24, 2014. Marilyn is held in loving memory by her granddaughter, Angela Pryle (Shane Wilson) and great-grandsons, Brennen and Rylan. Marilyn spoke recently of fond memories of how, years ago, she and Brennen would watch "Sponge Bob Squarepants" before he left for school in the morning, and how much she looked forward to Rylan's recent visits when he watered her plants.
Marilyn enjoyed going to school and was an excellent student, resuming her studies and earning an Associate Degree after her children were grown. She was a creative artist and a skilled writer. As a teenager, she won an essay writing contest. Her essay on the subject of freedom was read over Radio Free Europe. Marilyn liked to go fishing and was a loyal Cubs fan. She made sure her garden was planted in the Spring, raising vegetables as well as flowers. She was always happy when friends brought her vegetables from their gardens, too. She decorated her yard to complement the season, with bunnies in the Springtime and scarecrows and pumpkins in the Fall. Marilyn enjoyed nothing more than making a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for all her children, grandchildren and friends. For a number of years, she reserved a banquet room at the fire station to accommodate all the guests.
Hard work and the trials of life on the earthly plane were hallmarks of Marilyn's life. She met all with her core values of honesty and integrity. Affable and friendly, she even made a new friend, Jackie, during a recent short stay in a nursing home. The compassion and friendly energy of her home caregiver, Darla, made such a joyful difference in her life. So many times she would rebound from a physical setback to the amazement of all of us with her familiar declaration, "I'm sturdy." Marilyn was diminutive in stature barely reaching the five foot mark on the measuring tape. So, this remark seemed curious until we understood that she truly was very sturdy...in spirit.
Graveside services will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Georgetown Cemetery on Saturday, October 22, 2016, Reverend James Blue presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.
Just before she died, Marilyn confided a special wish. She wanted to have a star named for her daughter, Denise. She also wanted a star named for herself. So, if on a clear night, you look up and see two stars with a peculiar luminescence, maybe you will think of Marilyn and Denise and recall the time their light shone here when they were with us.
Published on  October 16, 2016