E. Marlene Giles of Surprise, Arizona (formerly of Joy, Illinois) passed away surrounded by her family January 27, 2019, after a courageous battle with kidney disease. She was 80. All friends and relatives are invited to join in a celebration of life for Marlene Giles. The service will be held at Buffalo Prairie Lodge Hall, Buffalo Prairie, Illinois on Saturday June 15, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. There will be an Order of Eastern Star ceremony by the Prairie chapter of which Marlene was a member.

   All friends and relatives are invited to join in a celebration of life for Marlene Giles.  The service will be held at Buffalo Prairie Lodge Hall, Buffalo Prairie, Illinois on Saturday June 15, 2019 from 2-4 P.M.  There will be an Order of Eastern Star ceremony by the Prairie chapter of which Marlene was a member.

   E. Marlene Giles of Surprise, Arizona (formerly of Joy, Illinois) passed away surrounded by her family January 27, 2019, after a courageous battle with kidney disease. She was 80.

   Ethel Marlene was born November 9, 1938 at Hershey hospital in Muscatine, Iowa to Evert and Ethel M. (Epperly) Hays. She attended Point Pleasant country grade school, then Joy High School where she was active in chorus.  After graduation       Marlene obtained her LPN certification from the University of Iowa.
Marlene began her career working at Muscatine General Hospital, where she worked until she took time off to raise her family.

   Marlene was united in marriage to Clark W. Giles, of New Boston, Illinois April 20, 1958 in Buffalo Prairie United Presbyterian Church, Buffalo Prairie, Illinois.
Clark and Marlene engaged in farming with Marlene’s father (till his retirement), then just them for close to 50 years. Along with farming Marlene later returned to her profession and worked many more years in and around Muscatine in the nursing field. Clark preceded her in death in 2013.

   Marlene and Clark enjoyed many activities together with playing cards, dancing, camping, attending or watching Iowa Hawkeye sporting events, bowling, refinishing antique furniture, Lodge events and time spent with friends among those. Marlene was an exceptional cook and baker and was known to her family and friends for her talents in the kitchen. Other activities she enjoyed included reading, making afghans, sewing her own clothes, and an occasional movie with action or horse / dog based being her favorites.  Most of all she loved her family and was extremely proud of her sons and quick to let others know. She instilled in them strong values that have served them well and she will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Marlene is survived by her three sons, Rodney, Dean and Shannon, extended family Beth, Alberto and Bing along with brothers in law James, Casey, Tony, and sisters in law Lois, Bonnie, Judy, her nieces and nephews.
   Predeceased by her parents, husband Clark, sisters Nellie and Estella.