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Full Text of SR1267  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Mary Marling, who passed away on October
412, 2017 at the age of 80; and
5    WHEREAS, Mary Marling was born in Detroit, Michigan to
6Lewis and Virginia Tower on April 17, 1937; she graduated from
7Grosse Pointe High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in
8Economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts
9in Russian Studies from New York University; she was deeply
10committed to her family, her community, and the Unity Temple
11Unitarian Universalist Congregation; and
12    WHEREAS, Mary Marling was an avid sports fan cheering
13loudest for the Detroit Tigers, University of Michigan
14football, the Detroit Red Wings, and later, the Chicago Cubs;
15she was deeply superstitious about sports and believed that
16ironing during games brought victory to her beloved Tigers; and
17    WHEREAS, Mary Marling had an "I can make that" attitude and
18tackled many craft projects such as quilting and knitting; she
19later became an excellent bridge player and converted to online
20matches in recent years; she was a true music lover and played
21classical piano; and



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1    WHEREAS, Mary Marling recently celebrated 38 years of
2sobriety and was a firm believer in the power of Alcoholics
3Anonymous; she supported many in joining "The Club" and wanted
4to assure people that they were not alone; and
5    WHEREAS, Mary Marling's final job was as the bookkeeper for
6the local non-profit Ten Thousand Villages fair trade shop,
7where she was able to combine her interest of orderly numbers
8and doing good; and
9    WHEREAS, Mary Marling's friends would describe her as an
10optimist, curious and playful, and someone who lived life on
11her own terms; and
12    WHEREAS, Mary Marling was an extrovert who thrived when
13surrounded by people; she also smiled and loved completely; and
14    WHEREAS, Mary Marling was preceded in death by her parents;
16    WHEREAS, Mary Marling is survived by her daughters,
17Jennifer Marling and Carrie Bankes; her grandchildren, Julia,
18Abby, and Will Bankes, who knew her as "Bama"; her son-in-law,
19Steve Bankes; her brother, John Tower (Susan); her sister, Sue
20Conklin (Robert); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good
21friends; therefore, be it



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2ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
3Mary Marling, and extend our sincere condolences to her family,
4friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it further
5    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
6presented to the family of Mary Marling as an expression of our
7deepest sympathy.