Church still coping after 12-year embezzlement

By Happy Carlock

Marilyn Dudley was charged with 24 counts of embezzlement last year after she stole about $157,000 from Collierstown Presbyterian Church. Over the course of 12 years, she took from the Presbyterian Women’s funds, the church’s annual dinner funds and the memorial funds that she managed. While Dudley sits in prison, her former congregation is still recovering from the loss, The Rev. Skip Hastings says.

Betsy Cribb contributed to this story.


Discovering the embezzlement


A small, trusting community


Bolstering the church’s bookkeeping


Moving forward