Marylyn Toliver | Obituaries | Effingham Daily News

Marylynne Toliver, 74, of Effingham, IL, passed away Friday, October 28, 2022, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022 at Johnson’s Funeral Home in Effingham. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia, IL. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Submissions can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Marylynne was born March 16, 1948, in Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii, the daughter of Sina and Virginia (Hess) Fear and was raised by her aunt and guardian, Blanche Staninger, who were all from Centralia. She married Gratton Toliver on October 6, 1995.
Marylynne retired as the Gateway District Post Office Operations Manager with the United States Postal Service in May 2009 after 25 years of dedicated service. She started her career as a PTF clerk in Odin, Salem and Centralia, IL. During her journey to gain knowledge, she became an officer in charge in Albion, IL and continued as an account representative and retail sales manager in Carbondale, IL before her promotion to office operations manager. post in St. Louis, MO. She oversaw the operations of 150 post offices in central and southern Illinois, where her main office was headquartered in Effingham, IL. Marylynne was loved by her postmasters and postal family for her caring and thoughtful style of management. She always went the extra mile to ensure that her employees received the encouragement and training they needed to succeed in the Postal Service.
Marylynne was an avid musician and began her career in 1982 learning to play acoustic guitar centered around Bluegrass music. Later, she learned to play the double bass and sang in two bands. She was the originator and co-founder of “Salt Creek” and “Foxfire.” Marylynne has participated in numerous Bluegrass festivals and jam sessions throughout her musical career. She and her husband hosted many musical jams at their home, including an annual New Year’s Eve celebration for more than 26 years, which musicians from across the state came to play and listen to music.
In addition to Bluegrass music, Marylynne and Gratton and their band have performed at many events where they have played 1860s period music for balls and Civil War reenactments for nearly 21 years.
Marylynne was very proud to be a member of Mensa, a high IQ society. Her gift and talent for managing and organizing was again put to use when she became a founding member of Three Chicks and a Stage Theatrical Group, which performed at the Rose Bud Theater in Effingham.
Marylynne loved nature and loved the outdoors. She found solace in making trips to the family cabin to get away from it all. She was also a true animal lover and found importance in helping animals. Marylynne donated to local animal shelters and the Humane Society. She has also shared this love of animals with others through pet therapy at local nursing homes with her yellow lab, Elle.
Marylynne is survived by her husband, Gratton Toliver of Effingham; daughter, Kimberly (Wolfram) Rösch of Fairview Heights; stepchildren, Brooke (Andrew) Riley of Mt. Vernon, Ryan Toliver of Newport, MI, and Shawn (Dayna) Toliver of Mt. Vernon; sisters, Aida Grable-Pulver (Larry) of St. Augustine, FL, and Jenny (Kermit) Storck of Carlyle; granddaughter, Brittan Rösch; and his step-grandchildren, Addison Mays, Conner Mays, Sawyer Mays, Philip (Chelsey) Riley, Sean Riley, Jack Toliver, Colin Toliver, Ragen Toliver, Rylan Toliver and Rowan Toliver.
She was predeceased by her aunt and guardian, Blanche Staninger; parents, Sina and Virginia Fear; brother, Alonzo Fear; brother-in-law, Mickey Grable; and beloved 15-year-old Yellow Lab, Elle.

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