Marilyn J. Willey|
Marilyn J. Willey, 83, was liberated from life on Independence Day, July 4, 2014.
She was born Marilyn Jean Kitchen on September 1, 1930, in Lincoln, Nebraska. She married Robert James Willey in 1950 and moved to Oregon, where they had four children. The family moved to Ohio in 1963, where Marilyn lived until Bob's death in 2007. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to be closer to her daughter, Susan.
She is survived by Susan Willey (Richard Sutton), Steven Willey (Martha) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Stanley Willey (Kathleen) of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael Willey, of Brecksville, Ohio; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Kitchen Boyer; and brother, Ronald Kitchen (brother), both of Lincoln, Nebraska, and numerous nieces and nephews.
During the many stages of her varied life, Marilyn was a wife and mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; friend to many; volunteer at schools, nursing homes and the Cleveland Playhouse; gardener; competitive and social bridge player;andan avid follower of politics and social issues. Marilyn was not shy in expressing her views on topics as diverse as women's reproductive rights, U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, or the inadequacies of politicians. She will be famously recalled for placing a black wreath on her home on the day that President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon. Marilyn was also an international traveler. She and Bob lived in London, England for a year, traveling widely in Europe, with favorite spots in France, Greece, and her ancestral home of Sweden. They also traveled to Egypt, Jordan, India, Nepal, Australia and New Zealand. A memorial service for Marilyn will occur later this summer at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Center in Dunwoody, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Coleridge Community Educational Foundation, Myrtle Willey Memorial Scholarship, 101 E. Cedar Street, Box 126, Coleridge, NE 68727. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, Atlanta, GA (404) 851-9900.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on July 27, 2014