Marilyn Joy Joiner

Marilyn Joy Joiner

Marilyn Joy Joiner (neé Hunsley) died peacefully on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the age of 90. 

She was born to parents Loys and Fern Prater Hunsley on Aug. 1, 1929, in Edinburg. 

She graduated from high school in 1947 and married Cardwell Joiner in 1960 in Anna. They were married for 52 years until Cardwell’s death on Nov. 4, 2012. 

She worked for the State of Illinois and retired following 35 years of service as an activity therapist at Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna.  

In her professional and personal life, she thrived as an artist. Her talent ranged from textiles, to pottery, to sophisticated sketches, to intricate wall hangings.  Several of her works have been sold through auctions and antique networks. 

Nature was a huge influence in her work, and she was happiest seeking inspiration exploring Southern Illinois’ forests, lakes and creeks and rock formations. 

Her family and friends will cherish special memories with Marilyn spent at her lakeside cabin at Midland Hills in Makanda and in her lush backyard in Anna. 

She is survived by her sister-in-law Alice Kerns of Anna; brother- and sister-in-law Pete (Sue) Joiner of Clermont, Fla.; uncle Dr. Luis Lau of St. Louis; nephews Brent (Dana) Kerns, Brayden and Cameron Kerns, all of Edwardsville; niece Allison (John) McDougall, Aspen, and Margaret McDougall, all of Louisville, Colo.; special friends Chico Travis and all the staff at The Brickhouse. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cardwell Joiner; and by her parents, Loys and Fern Hunsley. 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements. There will be no services held at this time. The family is grateful for prayers and condolences.  

Memoriam gifts can be given to Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna or to PAWS. Envelopes will be available at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home.  

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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