Marilyn Jean (Riley) Dunphy, 95, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Born in Cudahy, Wis., on April 3, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ada (Horne) Riley. They made their home in Eau Claire, Wis., where she graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1944.

She married Ray Dunphy March 11, 1947.

Marilyn was a homemaker with a secondary career of accounting secretary. The Dunphy family operated the Eagle River Steakhouse, and spent their retirement years in McAllen, Texas.

Marilyn’s faith was an important part of her life, and she spent years of service at each church including singing in the choir, playing hand bells, bible study, and countless hours in the church kitchen.

Marilyn was an accomplished bridge player, and won her match one month prior to her passing. She enjoyed playing games of any kind and coveted the number one spot on the chicken foot leader board. She knitted and sewed many of her children’s clothing, and shared her talents donating pieces to Knit for Kids. She was known for her home-cooked meals and wonderful desserts.

She dedicated many years of service to the Hospital Auxiliary in Eagle River, Wis., and Edinburg, Texas.

She loved to read books, and enjoyed solving crypto quips. Marilyn was an avid sports fan, loved the NCAA basketball tournament and following “her” Astros.

Marilyn’s beloved family was the most important aspect of her life. She recited her family’s names in alphabetical order each night as part of her evening prayer routine. Marilyn was the most patient, kind and understanding woman and will be dearly missed.

Marilyn is survived by her sisters, Lois Kildahl, Appleton, Wis., and Ellen Riley, The Villages, Fla.; children, John Anthony (Kaaren) of Huntsville, Texas, Thomas Kerry (Pamela) of Eagle River, James Eric (Jenny) of Fond du Lac, Wis., Ann Maureen (Butch) of Eagle River, and Kathleen Mary (Neil) of Lodi, Wis.

There are nine loving grandchildren, Alauna Marie, Jacob Eric (Michelle), Carly Lynn (Angus), Courtney Michelle (Will), Casandra Rose (Jason), Jordan Mitchell (Kat), Michael James (Eva), Samuel Glenn (Sasha), and Kian Riley (Caroline); thirteen loving great-grandchildren, Elliot James, Finley Holden, Asher Ray, Jude William, Oliver Jacob, Rowan Alder, Eve Elizabeth, Elon Thomas, Leah Kathryn, Gemma Estelle, Joel-Henry, Arthur Paul, and Hannah Victoria. Also, many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband of 62 years, she was preceded in death by her brother, Dennis; sister-in-law, Barbara; and brothers-in-law Howard Kildahl and Jim Dick.

The family would like to thank Pastor Michelle Vernone of First United Methodist Church of Edinburg, Texas, for the loving support and blessings provided throughout her life. Her attention, prayers and gift of song during the journey to be with the Lord brought the family so much peace. Thank you to the staff of Sundale Senior Living who provided excellent care and companionship to our precious mother. We also appreciate the care given by Huntsville Memorial Hospital, especially nurse Sam and Dr. Pillai who led us to our caring hospice nurse, Katelyn.

A Celebration of Life will take place July 7, at 3 p.m. in Eagle River at the home of her daughter Ann and Butch, 400 Tamarack Drive. The family will plan a service this fall in Edinburg, Texas, at First United Methodist Church. She will be buried with Ray at the Rio Grande Valley State Veteran’s Cemetery.

A memorial in Marilyn’s honor is established at the First United Methodist Church in Edinburg for the updating of the playground area and the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River, Wis.

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