GIBSON CITY — Marilyn Ames, 91, of Gibson City, formerly of Sibley, died peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2019, at OSF Hospital in Urbana.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Gibson City United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the church, with the Rev. John Hauck officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Sibley.

Mrs. Ames was born April 14, 1928, in Streator to Everett and Hazel Harber Gahm. She graduated from Streator High School, Illinois Wesleyan University in 1950, and earned a master’s degree from Illinois State University in 1974.

Mrs. Ames married her college sweetheart, John S. Ames, on Oct. 29, 1950, in Streator.

Surviving are her beloved children, Jeffrey (Madonna) Ames of Jackson, Wyo., Thomas (Celeste) Ames of Decatur and Carol (Christopher) George of Gurnee; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Ames of Gibson City; and a brother, A. James Gahm of Streator.

She adored her grandchildren, Michael (Kortnei) Ames, Jennifer (Mike) Carley, Bradley Ames, Daniel (Anna) Ames, Brian Ames, Katie (Neil) Hufford, Christie (Steve) Catlin and Emily (Tim) McLaughlin.

Her cherished great-grandchildren are Ryan, Eric, Bryce and Avery Carley, Alex and Cooper Ames and Andrew Ames. She is also survived by a foster son, Rick Huffington of Parker, Ariz., and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ames was preceded in death by her devoted husband, John S. Ames (2014); a son, John Ames (2009); and a daughter-in-law, Donna Ames (2009).

Mrs. Ames taught history at Melvin-Sibley Junior-Senior High School for 30 years. She was committee chair for the Sibley Centennial Book and the History of Ford County. She was twice named Outstanding History Teacher of Illinois by the State Historical Society. In 1994, Mrs. Ames was named Illinois Mother of the Year. As a life member of the Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), she helped many women join the NSDAR by proving their ancestry.

Her commitment and dedication to her family, friends, students and education will live on in the many lives she touched.

Memorials may be made to the Sibley 4th of July Fund (P.O. Box 123, Sibley, IL 61773), the DAR Chapter (358 W. Pells St., Paxton, IL 60957) or the Gibson City United Methodist Church (206 E. 10th St., Gibson City, IL 60936).

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