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LINCOLN -- Marilyn R. Pegram, 75, of Lincoln, died
at her home on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, after a long
A memorial service for Mrs. Pegram was on
Saturday at Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln.
She was born July 25, 1936, the daughter of
William and Marie Poloney Madigan. She married
Charles Pegram of Lincoln on June 19, 1955. He
preceded her in death.
She is survived by four children, Julia (and
Mark) Gerardot of Lincoln, Dr. Lori Pegram of
Bloomington, Elizabeth Leake of Sycamore and Dan
Pegram (and Susan Knauer) of Lincoln; six
grandchildren; and two new great-granddaughters.
She was also preceded in death by three
Marilyn attended Lincoln schools, graduating
in 1954. She was active with the Class of '54
reunion committee and served as chairman several
As a child, she was active in the Mariner Scouts
and as a mother served as a Girl Scout leader.
She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha
philanthropic sorority and an active fundraiser for
the Heart Fund, St. Jude Children's Hospital and the
American Red Cross.
A lifelong Republican, she was a tireless
campaigner on local and national levels.
A strong role model for her children, many
nieces and nephews, and the children of her friends,
Marilyn persistently admonished them to "Be an
Her love of cooking and entertaining was enjoyed
by many friends. Even as her illness progressed, she
loved to host the "Fabulous Five" for lunch and
In honor of Marilyn's 75th birthday, her
children planted a northern red oak tree in Edward
R. Madigan State Park.
Special thanks to Kris Dennison of Hands
Across Illinois Home Care Services for the
compassionate and dignified way she cared for
Memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 1756, 915 Fifth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.
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