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Marjorie Crisman


GALESBURG-Mrs. Marjorie Crisman, 93, Galesburg, died at 4:24 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in Seminary Manor, Galesburg.
She was born March 15, 1916, in Avon, the daughter of Alvin K. and Mabel “Gene’’ (Carr) Gillet. She married James Crisman June 14, 1939, in Chicago. He preceded her in death Feb. 1, 1976.
She is survived by four daughters, Gerry (Dennis Hawkinson) Bailey, Cambridge, Carol (Steve) Wright, Galesburg, Kathy (Paul) DeLassus, Gurnee, and Julie (Keith) McNabb, Fox River Grove; one sister, Catharine Fellows, Galesburg; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
Marjorie was a registered nurse at Cottage Hospital for 24 years. She was a key figure in the planning of the first coronary care unit at Cottage Hospital in 1969. She served as a head nurse for the coronary care unit. She also had numerous responsibilities at Cottage, including Assistant Director of Nursing.
She graduated from Avon High School in 1934 and St. Francis Nursing School in Peoria in 1937.
Marjorie had been chairman of the local association community service and education committee and also served as chairman of the CPR Coordinating Committee for a five-county area of western Illinois. She was a major factor in creating widespread awareness of problems related to heart disease and the importance of learning resuscitation techniques. In 1970 she introduced blood pressure screening programs in Knox County. She also loved to play bridge.
She was a member of Central Congregational Church in Galesburg.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, in Central Congregational Church, with the Rev. Kathryn Rust officiating. A private family committal service will be before a memorial service in Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg.
Memorials may be made to Central Congregational Church or the American Heart Association.
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