Marianne Best

Obituary of Marianne Best

Marianne Best, age 75, of Morris, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at Morris Hospital surrounded by the love of her family. She was born in Mattoon, IL, the daughter of the late James Earl and Juletta (Koebele) Lucier and resided in Morris for the past 45 years. Marianne graduated from Mattoon High School, with the Class of 1965 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University, and continued on to get her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University. Marianne was formerly employed by the Grundy County Special Education Co-Op as an Adaptive Physical Education Instructor, retiring in 2002. She was a member of I.A.H.P.E.R.D. and was in charge of registration at the state conventions. Marianne loved shopping, antiquing, and traveling with her favorite spot being Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Surviving is her loving husband of 50 years, Dennis Best of Morris; two children, Nichole (Shawn) Hamilton of Coal City and Ryan (Amy) Best of Minooka; three grandchildren; Mason and Gabriel Hamilton and Emma Best; two sisters, Kathy (Terry) Prentice, of Foley, AL, and Michelle (Steve) Servis of Morris; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Lucier of Mattoon, IL and Stacie (Dale) Hall of Edwardsville, IL and numerous nieces and nephews as well as dear friends, Sherry Skelton and Char Potts also survive.

Preceded by her parents; her brothers, Michael Lucier as well as, George and Robert Lucier in infancy; and her niece Jami Manning.

Visitation for Marianne Best will be Friday, September 2, 2022. at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 W. Route 6 at Deerpath Drive in Morris from  5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 600 E. Jackson Street in Morris, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. As it was her request, cremation rites will be accorded following Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Special Olympics would be appreciated. For information, please call (815) 942-5040 or visit her Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.



5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, September 2, 2022
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Morris
1201 West U.S. Route 6 at Deerpath Drive
Morris, Illinois, United States
(815) 942-5040

A Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Immaculate Conception - Morris
516 E. Jackson Street
Morris, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Special Olympics would be appreciated.