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Marilee, 79, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2022, at her home. Marilee was born December 31, 1942, in Peoria, Illinois, to Otha and Emma (Binkele) Eshelman. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Suzanne. East Peoria was home in the early years. Marilee graduated from East Peoria High School and attended the University of Illinois. She worked for Illinois Bell all her life. First working in Peoria and Springfield, she then made her home in Lisle, Illinois, while working in downtown Chicago. Marilee loved traveling the world and learning different cultures. After retirement, Marilee moved to Surprise, Arizona, but always returned home to visit family and friends several times a year. Wherever she lived, she always had a faithful kitty at her side. Surviving is an uncle, Bob (Bernetta) Binkele and her family of cousins. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Gary Deiters Funeral Home in East Peoria. Visitation will be held one hour prior to her service. Burial will take place at the Peoria Apostolic Christian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines, 7023 Skyline Dr., Peoria, Illinois 61614. Online condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.