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Varlyn Verlane Bruce (Gosnell) Stanley

September 25, 1939 ~ May 19, 2022 (age 82)


VARLYN VERLANE BRUCE STANLEY, 82, of Marion and a former Benton resident passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

She was born in Benton, IL on September 25, 1939, the daughter of Cleadus & Dena Mae (Baldwin) Gosnell.

She married William Henry Bruce, and he preceded her in death on June 19, 1986. She then married Vernon Stanley and he died November of 2012.

Mrs. Stanley enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She loved the outdoors, her dogs, birdwatching, hunting and traveling.

Mrs. Stanley is survived by her Children:

Duane Bruce of Benton

Penny Bruce Wisely of Benton

Anita Bruce of St. Charles, MO

Renee Bruce Walther & spouse Annie of Denmark

Bobby Bruce of Benton

Megan Holderfield & spouse Dylan of Marion

10 Grandchildren & 9 GreatGrandchildren

1 Brother: Garel Dean Willis & wife of South Carolina

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husbands, by a Son-Billy, by a Sister-Gladys Mae Shaw & by a Brother-Glendell Gosnell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. TUESDAY, May 31st at the Morton & Johnston Funeral Home in Benton with Rev Mark Minor officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic & Oddfellows Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be after 1 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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May 31, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Funeral Service
May 31, 2022

2:30 PM
Morton and Johnston Funeral Home
410 S. Main Street
Benton, IL 62812

Final Resting Place

Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery
12740 Oddfellow Lane
Benton, IL 62812

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