McCallum, Marilyn


Marilyn Jean “Mimi”

Marilyn Jean Bach McCallum “Mimi” passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Marilyn was a world traveler and saw many parts of the world throughout her life. She loved her Swiss heritage and the town of Fairbury, Illinois, where she grew up. She was brought up in one of the finest pre-war homes, built by her father in the city center. Throughout her life she shared stories about her beloved horse Ginger and the family farms, where many wonderful gatherings took place. She often visited Fairbury with her family and made sure they experienced the highly anticipated Fairbury Fair. Nothing was more important to her than her love of family. She raised four boys (Kevin, Cary, Chris and Chip) within a year of each other, so she always had her hands full. “Mimi” was the most wonderful cook. There has never been a Thanksgiving or Christmas where she hasn’t had a great gathering of people and good food. Visitors were always welcome and made to feel special.

Marilyn was born on January 15, 1938 in Fairbury, Illinois, where she graduated from high school. After graduating, she attended Illinois Wesleyan College. Marilyn worked as a flight attendant for one of the most emblematic airlines of her time (TWA). She met her husband, Carl, on a flight while he was working. They were married on December 10, 1960 in Pensacola, Florida. Marilyn was very active in her community, volunteering for various school functions, activities and events during her life. She was also musically gifted and played several instruments, but her favorite was the piano. She was often seen playing the piano at local events, including playing for residents of the assisted living facility.

Marilyn was predeceased by her loving husband, Carl; and her son, Kevin.

Marilyn is survived by her sons, Cary (wife Susan, granddaughters, Erin and Kelly), Christopher (wife Elizabeth, granddaughter Parker) and Carl, Jr. “Chip” (fiancé Anita, granddaughters Macy and Julia ); daughter-in-law, Cathy (granddaughter of Kaitlyn and Kelsey, great-granddaughter; Camryn and great-grandson, Valor). In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to John Knox Presbyterian Church instead. Funeral services will be held November 18, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at John Knox Presbyterian Church 505 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30067. Family and friends are invited to gather afterwards for a social celebration where refreshments will be served.

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