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Marylu Martha Hilliker age 61, formerly of Greenville, moved on to eternal life on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

She went through her journey with her battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. No matter the obstacles that she faced she still managed to make those around her smile and laugh. Right to the end she showed her determination and strength.  She is dancing in the sky and enjoying her eternal life now.

She will leave many memories to those who loved her. Through her earthly life she enjoyed and loved many things, she loved the warm sun on her face, she loved to garden, she enjoyed to run her feet through the sand at the beach, she loved to sit and listen to the rain storms, go camping, dancing, teaching her grandsons Quinn, Cruz and Jayden how to climb trees, bonfires, playing cards, playing yahtzee, caring for animals, sitting on the dock at Horton Lake visiting with friends but most of all she loved her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis & Dorothy Gillis, both brothers, Larry & Richard Gillis, her dear friend Glenna and her best friend (dog) Journey. Surviving are a daughter, Rebecca & Kevin Foley of Grand Rapids; a son, Matthew Tiffany of Greenville; two sisters, Laureen Gillis of Greenville, and Dorothy & Steve Sprague of Gowen; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Marylu's life will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Hathaway Properties Clubhouse, located at 820 S. Greenville West Drive, Greenville.  Family and friends are asked to come with a smile and celebrate your wonderful memories of Marylu. As some know she loved her sweets and anything with sugar…so we will be enjoying some of her favorite sweet treats. The family would be honored if you would wear bright happy colors to celebrate her life. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Marylu's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. Dale & Linda Walter on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I’m sorry for your lost Becky. Take care



  2. rachel olmstead on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am


  3. Laureen on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am


  4. Laureen on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Marylu, I will miss you greatly. You can now dance in circles with the angels and not be in pain anymore. Thank you Becky, you are the best daughter that anyone would be proud of . Love, Prayers and Hugs. Love you, See you Bye Marylu give my love to all in Heaven. You sister Laureen



  5. Rebecca Foley on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    As a child you never think you will ever lose your parent…..and even as an adult you wish that would still be true….but I now know it is not Good-Bye…I know it is a see you later. I am so thankful that GOD chose you to be my mother. I know you are dancing in the sky with the angels…I love you forever and ever…



  6. Rebecca Foley on April 2, 2015 at 12:00 am


  7. Joe & Debbie Dyer on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Laureen and Dorthy, we are so sorry about Marylu. She is finally in a better place. Peace be with you and your families.



  8. Marie Brodock on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am


  9. Danielle freeman on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am


  10. Danielle and Craig on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I am so very SORRY Becky about your mom. I know she is dancing right now with all the Angels and I know she is so very proud of you for all you have done for her. she couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. Take care my friend =ƒÆï



  11. Larry Frandsen on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dorothy and Laureen

    So sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.



  12. Teresa Gillis on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am


  13. Bradley's on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you all. Sorry for your loss.



  14. i will miss you my freind on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am


  15. Jane Gillis (niece) on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Pinto, dirt bikes, visiting her and family in belding… I remember and she knows. We don’t have to stay close to know we were once upon a time. My sympathies to all.



  16. Denise Gillis on April 3, 2015 at 12:00 am


  17. Kay Young on April 4, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dorothy ,
    Sorry for your loss .



  18. Kerry Hillman on April 4, 2015 at 12:00 am


  19. Your sister Dorothy, Take care of the doggies in heaven. on April 5, 2015 at 12:00 am


  20. Jeri Walma on April 8, 2015 at 12:00 am


  21. Jeri on April 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dorothy & Lureen
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. She’s up with the Angels now. She’s no longer in pain and dancing for joy.



  22. Lennda on April 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My favorite memory of Marylu . . . . Ricky is netting turtles as I row the boat. Marylu and Glenna are sitting in the back of the boat painting the turtles nails and shells with our mothers best pink nail polish! PRICELESS!!!!

    I know in my heart that Marylu and Glenna are sitting in heaven sipping their coffee and laughing like old times! Marylu will be terribly missed, but know that she is happy!!



  23. Heather Lucr on April 9, 2015 at 12:00 am


  24. Evelyn Mosier on April 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers go out to her entire family.



  25. Terry and Shelly Bosma on April 9, 2015 at 12:00 am


  26. Shelly on April 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thoughts, hugs and love sent to you all. I will always cherish the memories! I remember the nights playing”Queens”, the girl talks well into the night while Becky, Adam, Joe,Heather and Nicole played house, school and ate munchie plates. Marylu was an artist who loved to draw pictures of fish, lions or dogs for the kids. She even painted rocks for Heather one year, which we still have to this day. Peace and love to you Marylu!



  27. Ann on April 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    God Bless you Rebecca. My happiest memories were spent with you and your Mom. God Speed my little buddy.



  28. Deanna Kent Whitehead on April 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family.



  29. Rebecca Foley on April 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Thanks so much for having us in your thoughts and prayers.
    Rebecca



  30. Dan, Sarah, Emily, and Parker on April 19, 2015 at 12:00 am


  31. Dr. Moulds, Chris & Terri on April 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you during this very difficult time. God Bless.



  32. Dorothy on April 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My memories of my sister, re to long to put everythibg down. i will always rembmber you bringing up the story of me using you to help break out a pony and you got bucked off. You never let me forget that. Now ride those ponies in heaven. Love your sister.



  33. Dorothy on April 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My memories of my sister are to long to put everything down. i will always remember you bringing up the story of me using you to help break out a pony and you got bucked off. You never let me forget that. Now ride those ponies in heaven. Love your sister.



  34. Dorothy on April 24, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My memories of you are to many to list. But the one thing you never lat me forget is the time I used you to train a pony (Little Bit). Yiou were bucked off and that was the end of my help from you. So ride those ponies in heaven, Meam.. Love. your sister.



  35. Your loving daughter..missing you like crazy on May 11, 2015 at 12:00 am


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  39. rebecca on May 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Mom….missing you like crazy. I miss your laughter, your funny comebacks and most of all i miss your hugs. It seems like forever. I think of you daily. Love you to the heavens sky and back



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  42. your daughter on April 4, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I miss you more than you can imagine! It has been 2 years and you are on my mind often. I still feel like you will be walking through my door, or maybe a phone call. I still feel you with me everyday. I know you are pain free and dancing in the sky watching over me. I can feel your presence with me and I know you are my angel. I love you MOM!



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