Marilyn Rae Blair Slifer

Marilyn Rae Blair Slifer 1941-2022 Marilyn Rae (Blair) Slifer 81, of Danville, Ill., died on August 21, 2022 with her daughter by her side. Marilyn was born January 9, 1941 in Danville, Ill.; the daughter of Russell and Ethelmae (Harvey) Blair. She graduated from Catlin Township High School, Catlin, Ill. Class of 1959. She loved Dale E. Slifer so much she married him twice, first in 1963 and then remarried in 2006. Marilyn was very proud of her four children, who survive her: Alice J. (Gary) Lantz of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., E. Marie (Curtis) Nolen of Danville, Ill., Russell D. (Phyllis) Slifer of Boise, Idaho, and Joseph E. Slifer of Danville, Ill. She is also survived by step-daughter Cindy Slifer and step-son Ed (Jane) Slifer both of Wisconsin, thirteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, two sisters Janet Covert of King George, Va. and Susan (Ken) Poe of Phoenix, Ariz. and numerous nieces and nephews. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Dale, sister Phyllis K. Semelroth, and brother William “Bill” Blair. Marilyn had a diverse career from rolling cigars to selling real estate. In the 1980’s she earned a degree as a quality assurance engineer and worked for several manufacturing companies in Arizona where she received an award for her work on U.S. Government contracts. She retired from Danville Metal Stamping in 2006. Marilyn had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor and was not above hiding and scaring you as you got nearby. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafting, crosswords and reading, especially the Bible. Marilyn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Danville. In her own words, “I have had many wonderful experiences and a few heartbreaking and devastating experiences, but overall, it’s been a good and fun life.” A Memorial Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, Illinois, 3940 N. Vermilion St. Danville, Illinois 61834. Please join Marilyn’s family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on her tribute wall at