Marian E. Hiland

  • Born: August 11, 1920
  • Died: May 22, 2018
  • Location: Prophetstown, Illinois

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46 Grove Street
Route 78 N
Prophetstown, IL 61277

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Prophetstown- Marian E. Hiland, 97, of Prophetstown, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born at home near Lyndon on August 11, 1920 to Frank and Nellie (Allen) Eads. She graduated from Lyndon High School in 1938, and then attended Northern Illinois Teachers' College in Dekalb, obtaining a teaching certificate in 1940. Marian taught elementary school in Monroe Center and Genoa, and for 27 years she taught 2nd grade at Northside Elementary School in Morrison. During that time she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University.

She married Frank Hiland, of Dekalb, on August 27, 1944 in Lyndon. They lived in Sycamore and Dekalb and in 1946 they moved to the family farm in Lyndon where they raised their children. Frank preceded her in death on November 20, 2014 after 70 years of marriage.

Marian is survived by her children, David (Hilda) Hiland of Chesapeake, Va.; Sue (Neil) Castelein of Taylor, Texas, and Mary Lou (David) Bend of Lamoille, 7 grandchildren, Andrew Castelein, Matthew Castelein, Lindsay Kendall, Peter Castelein, Nicoile Lee, Danielle Hiland and Erin Brenner; and 9 great grandchildren.

Marian was a member of the Lyndon Congregational Church, the Lyndon Historical Society and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. She was a 4-H leader for 20 years. Sewing, dancing, cooking, reading, gardening and traveling were activities that she enjoyed throughout her life. She and Frank belonged to several flying clubs and enjoyed taking trips in their airplane as well as hosting fly-ins at their farm. They spent 20 winters together at their home in Mission, Texas.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private graveside services were held on Friday, May 25 at Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. A celebration of her life will be at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Lyndon Historical Society. Arrangements are through McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Prophetstown.

Condolence & Memory Journal

MRS. Hiland was one of my favorites...such a sweet soul.

Posted by Patti Ausrin - Riverton, IL - Student   May 30, 2018

Mrs Hiland was one of my favorite teachers, She read incredible stories to us and was such a good teacher.

Posted by Mark VanOsdol VanOsdol - Galena, WY - Student   May 29, 2018

I, too, was one of her many second grade students. A cherished memory is of her reading all of the "Oz" books to us - to this day, I love to read (and to be read to). I remember her smile and gentle ways - may you find comfort in knowing how many lives she positively touched.

Posted by Carol Burns - Bethlehem, PA - Student   May 28, 2018

My deepest condolences to her family. My mother, Elizabeth Meyer, considered her one of her dearest friends.

Posted by Sharon Kyker - San Antonio, TX - Friend   May 28, 2018

She was one of my favorite teachers. Would think of her fondly over the years. She was always patient and kind, and always smiling. Even after 40+ years, still remember her kindness. Sorry for your loss. Your all in my prayers.

Posted by Lisa Bland - Morrison, IL - Student   May 28, 2018

Mrs. Hiland was my 2nd grade teacher in 1968-1969. She was a great teacher and a REAL LADY. My favorite memory is the post office that we operated for the whole school. Thank you all for sharing her with so many students for so many years. God Bless.

Posted by Leanne Miller - Sterling, IL - Student   May 28, 2018

My grandma and grandpa Beveroth really loved "the Hilands", and spoke of them highly. They wintered with them in the same community in Mission. When I had the chance to visit, Mr. And Mrs. Hiland drove us all around and to the ocean. They also had a grapefruit tree they let my grandma, grandpa and I pick from for breakfast. Apparently, Mrs. Hiland and I also share a birthday. She touched a lot of lives in such a positive way. Love to the family.

Posted by Andrea Beveroth - Shoreline, WA - Acquaintance   May 28, 2018

Mrs. Hiland was my second grade teacher at Northside School in Morrison. I have the fondest memories of my time in her classroom.

Posted by Theresa Brandon - Morrison, IL - Student   May 28, 2018

We are glad we got to meet Marian four years ago at Robert and Erin's wedding and several times since then. She was a very inspiring and graceful lady. We extend our condolences to Mary, Dave, Erin and the rest of the Hiland family.

Posted by Pat and Steve Brenner - MD - family   May 25, 2018

I had Mrs Highland as my second grade teacher. She was a one of my favorites and she touched the lives of her pupils in ways most people never knew. May God grant all of you the peace knowing she was loved and remembered by many.

Posted by Karen Schroeder - Holm - Morrison, IL - Student   May 25, 2018


My heart goes out to the Hiland family. I have many wonderful memories of times spent with all of you. May God Bless you in this difficult time Treasure the memories. My deepest sympathy

Posted by Vicki Bolt/Stingley - Prophetstown, IL - friend   May 25, 2018


May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by Kathy Flatt Connell - Dallas, TX - friend   May 24, 2018


May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Kathy Flatt Connell - Dallas, TX - friend   May 24, 2018

We are deeply sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady.

Posted by Lyle and Linda Klooster - Friend   May 24, 2018


Remembering the Hiland family. So sorry for your loss. Linda Gorzny Boelkins, Sun City West AZ

Posted by Linda Boelkins - Acquaintance   May 24, 2018


Posted by ELSA LEVERINGTON - MADISON, WI   May 23, 2018

My condolences to the entire family. A very large piece of Lyndon History is gone now . She was a wonderful lady, and she will certainly be missed.

Posted by Neil Johnson - Lyndon, PA - Family Friend   May 23, 2018

She was a great lady..I will miss her she was a loyal customer..

Posted by Kelly Buck - Prophetstown - Friend   May 23, 2018