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Nursing isn't what you do, its who you are...Anonymous.

Marilyn Rose Dant Boley, 68, left this world Saturday, Feb. 17. She left here to a heavenly welcome by her father, Frank Dant, her mother, Joan (Montgomery) Dant, her brother, Joseph "Little Joe" Dant, and her infant son Matthew Williams. She passed at home lovingly attended by her husband of 19 years, Richard Boley, her caregiver Judy Spadlin and her lifelong friend, Connie Carroll. Marilyn leaves behind her daughter Sarah Williams; daughter-in-law Cathy Marinelli; and grandchildren Caitlyn Williams-Marinelli and Conner Williams-Marinelli. Upon marriage to Richard, Feb. 13, 1999, Marilyn lovingly welcomed her bonus family of Brent Bidford, Jason Boley, Josh Boley and Celia (Sissy) Murphy. From these four, William Shotwell, Blake Binford, Makenzi Murphy, Madison Boley, Savanah Boley and Sonny Boley added to her joy as grandchildren. Another generation of smiles and hugs were added with the births of Levi Binford, Brayden Shotwell, Lane Shotwell and Stella Shotwell. All of them will miss her dearly.
Marilyn was a nurse for 30 years. After graduating from Washington Catholic in 1967, she attended Vincennes University and earned her RNN in 1984. Hospitals and patients who were graced by her were Wishard Burn Unit, Indianapolis, St Mary's Evansville, Washington Nursing Center, and Sigma Health Care, Galveston, Texas. Marilyn gave her all to these but her nursing heart most especially belonged to the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. She spent the bulk of her nursing career there and built lifelong friendships with her co-workers. Marilyn had a strong personality. This was perhaps best demonstrated by her triumph of breast cancer in 1994 and again in 2011. She requested that any remembrances of her be made to breast cancer research. Marilyn's lifelong love of animals was well known. Even to those who briefly met her. She loved to share stories of "Marilyn's Menagerie," which at the time of her death included six ducks, four guineas, four goats, five dogs, one llama and a single cat. Her fur babies Chester, Babe, Rosie and Lucy were with her at the end. Tut was outside busily guarding the rest of the group. Per her wishes there will be no visitation and graveside services only. She will be laid to rest with her parents and brother at Goodwill Cemetery, Loogootee. Friends are also welcome to donate to Daviess County Friends for Animals in her name. The graveside service will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Goodwill cemetery in Loogootee, with Gill Funeral Home handling the arraignments. Online condolences may be made at www.gillsince1872.com.
Published on February 19, 2018
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