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Marilyn Hayward

d. November 28, 2021

Marilyn Hayward, age 83, of Mt Pulaski, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

She was born on October 31, 1938 in Springfield, the daughter of Ernest and Ida Marie (Fischer) Nation.

Marilyn married George Hayward on May 3, 1958 in Springfield, IL.

Mourning her passing are her husband, George Allen Hayward; son Mark Hayward (Nadine Benner Hayward); daughter, Jeannette Hayward Milbrandt; son, John Hayward (Cindy Bond); son, Jason Hayward (Sarah Kording); grandchildren, Jared Hayward (Chloe Lafargue), Megan Cunningham (Coltin), Joshua Milbrandt, Jacob Milbrandt, Luke Hayward, Brook Hayward, Adam Hayward, and Julia Hayward; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Ida Nation; brothers, Lawrence Nation and Glennon Nation,

Marilyn graduated from Lanphier High School in Springfield in 1957.

As a mother she was den mother and troop mother for her sons and daughter.  She loved quilting.

She worked for the State of Illinois Prisoner Review Board and Williamsville Junior High School as a school secretary.

Visitation for Marilyn will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kindred Hospice or the Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. Marilyn was a beautiful woman inside and out. I not only worked with Marilyn but enjoyed our time bowling and getting together for supper and drinks. She will hold a special place in my heart. Fly high Marilyn. Soar with the angels.

  2. Our sympathies for George and all of the family. We will keep you in our prayers. I remember Marilyn fondly for the family history books she made for each of her kids (before computers made it so much easier). A mother’s gift of love. Those books are amazing! I enjoyed looking through them with her.

  3. To Mark, John and the entire family — We are so sorry for your loss.

  4. Marilyn was a very close friend of my sister-in-law, Donna Wheeler Blankenship. They were in high school together as well as church at the First Church of God in Springfield. Donna passed away in March 2017.
    They can praise God together now. I remember Marilyn as a laughing, friendly gal who was well loved by all. May God be with you all in her loss!

    Barbara Wheeler
    Springfield, IL

  5. Today is February 26, 2022 and I just learned of my cousin Marilyn’s passing. We had lots of fun growing up. Her mother, Aunt Ida, was my grandmothers sister. I’m not sure at this late date her family will see this, but I want to send my deepest sympathy and love to all of them.

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