Private graveside services will be held at a later
Patricia Marilyn (Shaffner)
Williamson, 89, formerly of Lincoln, passed on
Friday February 21, 2020 at Liberty Village in
Marilyn was born on October 18, 1930, in Roswell,
New Mexico, the older daughter of Carl and Beatrice
Brown Shaffner. She graduated from Jacksonville High
School, Jacksonville (1948) where she sang in the
Glee Club and served as editor of the school’s
yearbook, The Crimson J.
Marilyn graduated from Illinois College,
Jacksonville (1952). She was an active member of the
Gamma Delta Literary Society, and earned a double
major in English and Spanish. She was inducted into
the Phi Beta Kappa Society and later named as a
member of the American Association of University
Post graduation she served as President of Illinois
College’s Alumni Association. It was during her
Illinois College days that she met and married
fellow student Arthur R. Williamson. In 1964, she
and family relocated to Lincoln when Dr. Arthur
Williamson moved his medical practice from Arlington
Heights, and opened the Williamson Clinic in
Lincoln. She was a member of the Lincoln Christian
Marilyn is survived by five sons: David Arthur of
Saline, MI, Leslie Bruce (Cathy) of Cape Carteret,
NC, Jeffrey Lynn (Jane) of Peoria, John Michael
(Donna) of San Francisco, CA, Douglas Crawford
(Michelle) of Dublin, CA.; seventeen grandchildren,
twelve great grandchildren, and numerous loving
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Arthur
R. Williamson (d. 2008), father Carl M. Shaffner (d.
1972), mother Beatrice Brown Shaffner (d. 1991), and
sister Carol Ann Robson (d. 2015).
Marilyn was full of life, had a great
sense of humor, possessed a strong inquisitive
nature and had many dear friends. She loved to play
a competitive game of bridge, read books with the
Book Club, bake apple pies, shop at Talbots, correct
anyone’s bad grammar, and watch basketball games,
especially the LCHS Railsplitters, Fighting Illini,
and Chicago Bulls (when Michael Jordan was playing).
While celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary in
Chicago, she insisted on attending a Chicago Bulls
game. She especially loved her boys and played a
huge role in helping to shape their lives.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 21,
2020 at 10:00am at Lincoln Christian Church,
Visitation will be 4-7pm Friday March 20, 2020 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln,
Burial will be in Lucas Chapel Cemetery, rural
Memorials may be made to:
-LCHS Boys Booster Club, P.O. Box 803, Lincoln, IL
-Illinois College, c/o President’s Office, 1101 West
College Ave, Jacksonville, IL 62650.
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