‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Marion's visitation.

Marion Guggenheim

Marion Guggenheim joined the party on May 14, 1928, the daughter of Emmett Smith Ross and Ethel Mary nee Algeo Ross. She left the party on June 20, 2016.

After graduating John Marshall High School and entering a business administration degree from Spencerian College, Marion entered the workforce in 1952 at General Motors tank manufacturing plant in Cleveland. She met and married Jay A. Guggenheim, and had 4 children. She returned to the workforce when her three oldest children went off to college and then later moved to Taylorville, Illinois with her youngest child. Marion worked for a variety of nonprofit agencies, ranging from developmentally disabled to healthcare issues to human rights. She eventually earned a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from DePaul University and moved to Chicago, Illinois. She retired from work at Loyola Hospital in 1998 and moved back to Taylorville to help her daughter Gay and “favorite” son-in-law John raise a family and live out the rest of her years with the love of her life, William R. Estes.

Never one to stop moving, even in retirement, Marion worked at Memorial School and the YMCA. An inveterate traveler, Marion visited Alaska, Hawaii, and Greece several times. She also ventured to Jordan, Israel, Turkey, Spain, Ireland, England, France, Italy and Sicily. Well-known for her riverboat-style bridge playing and color-crazy quilting, Marion expanded her circle of friends in Taylorville while having a great time. With no regrets, having lived a wonderful life, Marion encourages us all to “Just Do it!”

Marion leaves behind 4 children: Susan of Philadelphia, PA: David (Fran) of Murphysboro, IL; Isadora of Nyack, NY; and Gay (John) Wilhour of Owaneco, IL. She will also be sadly missed by her six grandchildren: Linden Eskanazi and Liana Mark of PA, Ryen Wilhour of SC, Johannah and Madeleine of Taylorville, Sean Wilhour of Bloomington, and Eva Enzenbacher of Australia.

At this time there will be no services. A Memorial/Open House luncheon is planned at a later date for friends and family to get together, share stories about Marion, and eat good food! A notice will be placed in the paperindicating the date, time, and location.  

Donations to a charity of your choice in her memory would please her greatly. She liked to support Christian County animal control, the Sierra Club, the ALS Organization, local Methodist churches, education, public television and radio and any organization to help women, veterans, animals, or victims of strokes.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Marion Guggenheim, please visit our flower store.


Gay and family, I am so sorry for your loss. i just learned of your Mother's passing. Seeing you and your Mother was always one of the highlights of the holiday parties at Grandmother's house. She truly was one of a kind and a great lady. I'm sure she and Uncle Bill are having a marvelous time together again.

Shannon Lenzi Jul 1 2016 12:00 AM

To Marion's family, please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss. Marion and I were Cleveland gals, who met in Chicago, We traveled together to foreign lands and each shared our hometown offerings. Marion taught me how to quilt, among many other things. She will be greatly missed.

Carole Zucco Jun 27 2016 12:00 AM

In memory of Marion Guggenheim,

I am remembering Marion with love and thanks for the blessing she was in my life. My sympathy to the family.

-Judy Smith

Judy Smith Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

I met Marion in the 70s in Taylorville when she and Bill Estes were together. Bill was the uncle of my then husband, Joe Warnelis. In the 80s, Joe and I bought an ran Liberty Market in Taylorville. She was funny, caring, very smart, a good listener and she was a kind woman. A few years ago, I took my sister to Taylorville and we stayed w/Marion for the weekend. After dinner, we all drank wine and watched movies till we were too tired to stay awake. A great memory for me. I tried to keep in touch w/her when she moved near her son, but never got any replies, and that made me sad. But I know she is resting and with some great people in Heaven.

Joyce Warnelis Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you Jim and Rita - yes, you would have really liked her. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

Gay and John Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM

Marion had such a spirit about her. She faced each adversity as if were a new challenge! She did so with a sense of humor. Life was always fun for her. My condolences to the family. Marion will be miss very much!

JoAnn Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM

Such a sweet lady so sorry for your loss!

Marion & Jodi Heberling Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM

to Gay and family I send my love and prayers. I so enjoyed my friendship with your mother. She is in paradise now with her Lord and Savior and her true Love Bill Estes.

Molly Alaria Jun 21 2016 12:00 AM

Marion and I lived at Taylorville Estates for a couple of years until I moved out to live with my daughter and her family. I played bridge with Marion and enjoyed talking to her. I was amazed at the amount of knowledge she had about about everything and every place. She was a very interesting lady. My blessings to the family. My deepest sympathy to you all.

Earlyne Keel Jun 21 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you Molly- that means a lot to hear from you

Gay and family Jun 21 2016 12:00 AM

Show More Entries