Marilyn L. Imblum
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NEWARK - Marilyn L. Imblum, 66, of Woodhill, died Tuesday (Aug. 14, 2012) at Newark Wayne Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Schulz-Pusateri Funeral Home, 103 Maple St., Newark, with Pat Albrecht.
Memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 1650 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620.
Marilyn was born in Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 1, 1946, daughter of Earle and Marcella O'Tolle Leavitt. She was a self employed artist who liked cross stitch.
Survived by six children, Jeff, Nora and Elizabeth Adams, Corrie Ferenchak, Matt and Sarah Imblum; her mother, Marcella Leavitt; six grandchildren.

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Published in Finger Lakes Times on Aug. 16, 2012.
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114 entries
August 10, 2020
Recently finished another angel and somebody always claims them the minute I finish. And there's no more enjoyable stitching.
Elaine McElhaney
August 15, 2017
Allthough I never met Marilyn, I feel I know her through her beautiful designs. She was so talented and I feel a kindred spirit as I stitch her work.

I do hope the family will bring back some of her earlier work. I have some of it, but would give my eye teeth to get the rest of her discontinued designs. It greaves me that there will be no new designs, but she will be with us every time I work on my cross stitch, or listen to Celtic music. My condolences to the Leavitt-Imblum family... But know that her legacy lives on.
Shirley Bingham
June 12, 2017
Missing you still and always will.

Thank you for being my friend.

Gentle as you go,
Marny Fair-Fischer
April 19, 2017
This has sadden me to find out that Marilyn has passed away. I visited with her by phone and she was of great help. I have purchased I would say all of her patterns. I feel in love with them and take one on each trips to visit England each year. She will be missed and was a very skilled artist. Blessings to all the family, Madeline
Madeline Alworth
March 28, 2017
But she lives on! Every time I cross-stitch an angel, somebody sees it and asks me to do them one. I'm backed up about 4 angels! Good thing I enjoy the challenges of her graphs. Currently doing the Angel of Healing which has some things it that are new to me. LOVE it!
Elaine McElhaney
March 27, 2017
It saddens me to learn of Marilyns's passing. I found out by trying to reach out to her regarding her Earthdancer pattern. This is the most beautiful piece of work I have done and want to pass my regards along to the family. Such a talented and loving told by her works.
Ruth Albright
August 17, 2016
I did not know you had left us, Beautiful Lady. I stitched your fairy grandmother and I am about to start angel of the sea, you will be with me in each stitch I make. May God Bless you Marilyn and keep you in his arms forever.
Darrellyn Fosh
July 10, 2016
Gosh I did not realize Marilyn had passed away in 2012! So very sad! I have many of her cross stitch patterns. They are all so beautiful and I will cherish all of them forever! Is it possible you could bring back her out of print charts? So very sorry for the family's loss!
Debra Langdon
April 11, 2016
Sarah and family; I'm just another one of those 'old-lady' stitchers addicted to your Mother's work. I think I've done most of them. She must have been a great Mom. Her compassion shows in her work. Yes, you'll forget and pick up that phone to call her; been there, done that. It's tough, isn't it? But she is honored and loved by so many of us.
February 14, 2016
She "through her many works" will be alive into the next century. Her designs speak to your heart. No new designs by her, will leave a hole in so many hearts, as in mine. Do wish we would've met. But we sort of did as I stitching her designs, she spoke to me.
Rest Easy Marilyn,
Louise Wilson
September 12, 2015
I only just learned of Marilyn's passing. Her Santa of the Forest was my first large design that I had ever stitched. I wanted to stitch it again as I enjoyed stitching it so many years ago. As I was searching I came upon the unhappy news. I feel like there is now a big hole in my heart that won't ever heal. She was my favorite designer. I sit here, quietly crying and mourning.
Terri Gordon
July 17, 2015
I too just learned of Marilyn's death. She was such an artist. My mother cross-stitched her beautiful designs. She made three of one of them; one for each of her daughters. I am truly sorry to hear of her passing.
Jill Longstaff
January 29, 2015
It is almost 3 years later, and I just learned of Marilyn's passing last night, while looking up one of her patterns. I feel so sad.. what a loss!! What a woman!! I wish I had met her... loved her creativity, humbleness, and talent. You brought so much joy to so many, Marilyn, through your gorgeous designs. We who live in the stiching community will keep your spirit alive with all the new projects we undertake that you created. God bless you. And thank you for all the beauty you brought to this world.
Marybeth Ryan
October 18, 2014
I was checking to see Marilyn's latest cross stitch design. I'm sorry to have learned of her passing. She is my favorite designer. I have a collection of her angel designs. She will always be remembered.
Nenita Beech
May 25, 2014
I am so saddened to learn of Marilyn's passing.
She will always surround me in the beautiful cross-stitch creations which adorn my walls.
Rhonda Carnegie
April 27, 2014

I am so sorry to learn the passing of Marylin Leavitt Imblum, just today.
She has been an inspiration to me and I started cross-stiching with her designs.
Deepest sympathy to her family and friends for this great loss.
Lucie Potvin, Joliette, Quebec
February 18, 2014
I just learned of Marilyn's passing. She has been one of my favorite artists. Having finished "Catch the Wind" I started looking for something similar. I am so sorry the stitching world has lost a wonderful artist.
Sally Hiller
January 20, 2014
I recently learned of Ms. Imblum's passing. When I lost my beloved grandmother I found great comfort in stitching her Fairy Grandmother. She gave many so much through her beautiful designs.
January 1, 2014
I too have just learned of Marilyn's passing. I have stitched several of her designs and although challenging, I always felt a sense of accomplishment when they were completed. A very talented person was taken from the stitching world far too soon. Marilyn will be missed. My sympathy to her family.
K E Adrien
December 21, 2013
I just recently learned of Mrs. Imblum's passing. I'd hoped to meet her someday. I have quite a few of her designs, purchased years ago, promising myself I'd get to them. With her passing, the "Angel of Cross Stitch"'s work is now and forever will be treasured masterpieces. She now stitches with the finest silk threads on the finest linen, found nowhere else but in Heaven...WELL DONE, THY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT...and many blessings to her children for continuing her legacy.....
Robin Brown
October 22, 2013
I just found out about Marilyn's passing. I have stitched many of her designs and they have brought me such joy over the years. She had a great talent. Her patterns are just beautiful. My condolences to her family.
August 15, 2013
I have almost every one of Marilyn's designs. I have worked on several angels. She was the most incredible artist. I will treasure these designs more now. I haven't been to the website in a long time and find it bizarre that I checked a year, almost to the day, after she passed. Eerie. She will be sorely missed by all and especially by stitchers around the world who found comfort creating her angels. now she is among them. My late condolences to the family.
Susan Bazin
August 7, 2013
Let us now Leave her to Heaven...
July 2, 2013
Just heard the news my thoights are with everyone who knew her whether in real life or through her beautiful designs. She will be missed
March 20, 2013
I just found out that Marilyn had passed. I read through this whole guest book and was moved to tears. I am very sad that there will be no more beautiful patterns from such a beaufiful person. That makes me treasure my patterns by her even more. I have stitch 5 of her angels and working on angel of Hope and angel Dreams. All her designs were beautiful. My condolencss of the Imblum family.
Sharon Baldree
January 18, 2013
How can someone I never met have given me so much joy? The hours upon hours I spent stitching your beautiful Celtic ladies are the happiest of my life. The finished works are my most treasured possessions. Thank you.
Lindy Boyd
November 13, 2012
I just heard, I'm very sad. She was a good designer and even a mentor. My condolences, Nora, and to all the rest of Marilyn's family.
Teri Rasmussen-George (Walsh)
October 27, 2012
She was so talented, and she added so much to the stitching world. Her contributions inspire so many. Thanks, Marilyn, for making the world a more beautiful place.
Elaine Henderson
October 19, 2012
Marilyn's designs grace my home and she will be missed by stitchers the world over. May her family find peace in the coming months. It's hard to lose a parent but you know she's talking to the angels now, rather than designing and stitching them.
Kathy Satteson
October 10, 2012
Strangers, then friends ... you shall always be part of my heart, dear Marilyn.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with me.

Love and hugs and rest in peace,
Gentle as you go...
Marny Fischer
October 7, 2012
mom i miss you so much. words cant explain. i keep wanting to call you and then i realize i cant. i love you mom and your angels will and have brought peace to the world. me and matt are fine. its okay mom, rest in peace...
Sarah Imblum
September 25, 2012
R.I.P. Marilyn dear one. In my memories always. I have many of your designs and love them all. You will be so missed.
Hope your family will be well and know you are loved.
Hugs, reina Magedman In our hearts :)
Reina Lynn Magedman
September 22, 2012
I love all Marilyn's Designs. I've stitched lots of them and have more waiting. Celtic Christmas is my favorite. My deepest sympathy to Marilyn's family.
Peg Regan
September 18, 2012
My sympathy to the family. I have stitched many of her designs and will deeply miss her.
Sarah Caudill
September 15, 2012
Marilyn's designs were challenging but I always felt so accomplished when I finished stitching one. Over the years, I've stitched more than a few of her angels. God rest her soul.
Sandra Keith
September 13, 2012
My deepest sympathies to Marilyn's family. Marilyn touched my life in a profound way - I saw a model of the Angel of Love and I was hooked for life. Cross stitch keeps me sane and happy. I just wish I had found the time to tell her while she was still with us.
Deborah Schryer
September 13, 2012
Having stitched several of Marilyn's and Nora's designs over the years you feel connected someway and feel the loss and pain along with the family. She will be missed and her legacy will live on upon the walls of stitchers everywhere.
Patti Dagg
September 12, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes to Marilyn's family. I had the privilege of meeting her in peron many years ago and she will always be in my thoughts. She left an everlasting impression on me. She left us way too early but her legacy, her designs, will always be with us and treassured.
Elisabeth von Hahn
September 12, 2012
Angel of the Morning
Marilyn was one of the first cross-stitch designers that I encountered who entranced me from the beginning. I stitch almost one of her designs a year for my Mom. That way we both get to enjoy the beauty that Marilyn created. Thank you for your heart and the joy you brought to those who stitched your designs and those who gazed upon them.
Shondra Boring
September 12, 2012
Reading that Marilyn was a self-employed artist who liked to cross-stitch took my breath away. She was an incredible artist who thought of her audience in ways most artists never do. My first encounter with this was with Celtic Christmas. I was hooked and am glad I was able to watch her craft grow. She will definitely be missed.
September 3, 2012
My deepest sympathy, and prayers of support to all of you.
Lauren Sauer
August 28, 2012
I'm originally from Youngstown and didn't know anything about MLI until a friend taught me to stitch, I have several of her charts and will always cherish the beauty of her work and the joy it gives me and others, rest in peace.
Judi Carano
August 28, 2012
Autumn Angel
Marilyn's Autumn Angel was a great comfort to me as I was a passenger on a commercial airplane which was flying to New York a very short time after Sept. 11, 2001. I told my husband "If this plane goes down I want to be stitching an angel." I spent the whole flight stitching her wings. I'm convinced this helped keep us in the air. I was sitting in the aisle seat and could feel eyes on me. Finally I turned and saw that the folks behind me were watching intently. We were all willing this angel to do her work. She hangs by my front door now and watches over the comings and goings of my family. I call her my 9/11 angel. Thank you Marilyn!
Lauren Laney
August 26, 2012
So sad to hear of Marilyn's death. She was so gifted; a legend in the cross stitch world. In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Shirley Hazzard
August 23, 2012
Rest in Peace Marilyn, you will live on within the beautiful Cross Stitch designs you gave us. My prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Lorna Potter
August 22, 2012
The cross Stitch world will miss her wonderful designs. Her memory will forever be with our needles and our hearts as we stitch her beautiful designs. We will miss her so.
Reta Holland
August 22, 2012
So sorry to hear about your mother. It is never easy to lose someone you love. But, do remember that your mother was someone special who was able to touch so many lives with her beautiful cross stitch. She will be remembered for years to come.
Darlene Mihill
August 22, 2012
Please add my condolences. MLI was quite unique and influential in the world of cross stitch. I enjoyed her designs and I am sad to know that the artistry has come to an end.
Tara Roberts
August 21, 2012
She will be very much missed. Her contribution to the xs world will be legend.
August 21, 2012
I so enjoyed meeting her many years ago at a trade show in Charlotte - she was a delight. I've enjoyed hours of stitching pleasure thanks to her, and have several more in my stash yet to do. She will be sorely missed.
Sandy Haechrel
August 21, 2012
your pieces will always remind me of you and your great talent miss you already
patricia lackey
August 21, 2012
Please accept my condolences. She will always be with us through her beautiful designs.
Sheila Rhoades
August 21, 2012
A very talented person who will be missed
Renee Lewis
August 21, 2012
My thoughts are with her family. Please know how much joy and peace she gave to thousands of people all over the world.
Heather Scroggins
August 21, 2012
She will live on in the beautiful designs she created for all of us to stitch - rest in peace. Debbie Reider
August 21, 2012
Another beautiful light leaves earth to shine in the heavens. Your beautiful designs left here to give us such pleasure.
August 21, 2012
Her beautiful designs will continue to enrich our hearts and remind us of the wonderful person she was. My prayers are with the family at this sad time.
Dusty Spencer
August 20, 2012
My favorite artist. God is smiling to have you home,
Lynne Anders
August 20, 2012
I have always loved Marilyn's beautiful designs and will think of her always.
Gail Stafford
August 20, 2012
There seem to be no words to express my (and the stitching world's)sadness at losing such a wonderful person/mother/wife/grandmother/daughter. Your creative and lovely designs will leave a legacy for decades to come. RIP Marilyn
Joan Treske
August 20, 2012
My dear friend, you no longer suffer. I'm so fortunate to have known you for so long...we laughed, we cried, we shared like sisters. Thank you for sharing your heart with me.
Barbara Ryan
August 20, 2012
Thank you Marilyn.
Virginia Clemas
August 20, 2012
I have always loved the Angels you have created, now you get to spend the rest of time with them, how wonderful. Your love of them will live on through your beautiful designs. I will miss you
Mary Kupcho
August 20, 2012
Chère Marilyn, Tes créations ont apporté beaucoup de bonheur à un très grand nombre de brodeuses. Tu as quitté ce monde beaucoup trop tôt. Ton passage sur cette terre a laissé une trace indélébile. Tu vas nous manquer.

Nicole Québec
Nicole Gelinas
August 20, 2012
While I echo what others have said more eloquantly than me about her artistry and the majesty of the angels that must have greeted her, I also want to add that I am glad she no longer suffers. My deepest sympathies on your loss. I stitch Marilyn's designs almost exclusively and she has been me constant inspiration.
Tamara Copple
August 20, 2012
Rest in peace Marilyn. Thank you for sharing your talent and your love of needlework with us. Your designs have brightened my life!
Kathy Hudzina
August 20, 2012
Marilyn, your work was beyond beautiful and I'm so happy you will see that the beauty in your mind that helped create your lovely works is now beauty that you can see and touch. I know you are finding peace surrounded by your angels.
Tina Avery
August 20, 2012
Fairy Grandmother
May you find peace in the Lord's arms, Marilyn. As another who has stitched (and won ribbons with) your designs, I thank you *so* much for sharing your talents with the stitching world. We will miss you.
Joan Erickson
August 20, 2012
Marilyn, I forgot:

Serene Swan in MarilynsGarden
August 20, 2012
similar to what you sent to me.
Dear dear Marilyn, friend for too short a time. {{{Marilyn}}}

Although I have many of your charts I've not yet stitched one! When you see my progress, you'll no doubt send a huge double rainbow.

The finished Emma's Garden is the one I won for being the 80,000th post to your garden ... and love having that part of you.

You will remembered for longer than the earth exists. 143

Gentle as you go ...
Marny Fair-Fischer
August 20, 2012
Go with God, dear you will see that your visions were a reality and beauty begets beauty...I will miss you forever...until we meet again
August 20, 2012
I loved all of Marilyn's patterns and have just about all of them. I know she is in heaven busy with her needle and one day I will join her.

Paula Shelgren
Paula Shelgren
August 20, 2012
Dear Marilyn and Family. There aren't to many words to describe the wonderful times that I have had stitching your Angels. I did quite a few of them.

I will miss all those new designs that you would have finished,and I looked forward to them. I want to do Lady Of the Thread, for me, in your Marilyn"s memory.

I am Janey, from NY, and a White Dove in Marilyn's Garden
Jane Salles
August 20, 2012
My most magnificent stitching accomplishment. Thank you Marilyn.
I have stitched many of Marilyn's designs. I remember waiting for each new design to be released and being amazed at how beautiful each and every one was. Marilyn's talent was beyond comparison and she will be missed by all in the cross-stitch community. May she rest in peace and may the memories of her serve her family in this time of sorrow.
Mikki Brassard
August 20, 2012
Dance of the Roses, for Emilie Uyehara
Forgot to sign the last one, or to describe the photo. Marilyn and my best friend share a birthday. My BFF and I were chatting online while waiting for Dance of the Roses to post to the website, and when Emilie saw it, she gasped, "it's beautiful", so I knew what her next birthday gift would be. I finished it in two months, while working on rush projects professionally ... stitching relaxes me so I can sleep.
Karen Campbell
August 20, 2012
Dearest Marilyn, caring friend, inspired designer -- in my heart and memories forever. As we've discussed, your beautiful angels will find a permanent home in the chapel at Muhlenberg when I'm gone, for all to admire.
August 20, 2012
RIP Marilyn. I love your desgns and you will be missed all over the the world.
My prayers go to your beloved ones.
August 20, 2012
Queen Anne's Lace - designed by Marilyn and Stitched by Regina
To the Family of Marilyn Leavitt Imblum:
Your mother inspired me to cross stitch with her lovely cross stitch designs. I fell in love with her talent of creating the most lovely colorful picturesques scenes. I have over 40 of her designs and will NEVER forget her.

From my family to yours,
Regina W. Ballard
Greensboro, NC
August 20, 2012
It was Marilyn's design of the "Visitor" that drew me back into cross stitching. How wonderful for her loving family to have such pieces of art to mix with their wonderful memories of her.
The Roadrunner
August 18, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Marilyn will be greatly missed.
Kathy Bonham
August 18, 2012
Truly an artist - loved your designs and have stitched a few of them and enjoyed every second. May her legacy live on in the memories of all she meant to you.
August 18, 2012
Marilyn, We can only imagine the Magnificence of the Angel who came to show you the way Home. A well-deserved escort for such a brilliant artist as you are. I'm so glad you are free from pain now and will have a much needed rest. I will miss you so very much. Thank you for leaving so much beauty behind.
Sara Blackwell
August 18, 2012
Rest in peace, Marilyn, you were the top of the line
Claire Imblum-Huddleston
August 17, 2012
The Cross Stitch Industry has lost a true artist. I have sold thousands of Marilyn's designs to customers all over the world. Though a tough person to get to know.. she showed her brilliance in her work. My thoughts to her family
Cindy Sorley
August 17, 2012
With much apreciation for all your attention to details. I have been truly blessed to be able to work your designs.....they make my heatt happy and my soul settled.
Jane Giffen
August 17, 2012
Thank you for sharing your gifts with so many. Your designs are inspirational to all stitchers. Rest in Peace.
Kat Gillespie
August 17, 2012
Thank You Marilyn for the beautiful designs you work for so many years that I admired most.. We will always cherish your good works of art in cross stitching... May God Bless you and your family in this time of sorrows.
Jenifer Reynolds
August 17, 2012
I am a lover of Marilyn's designs. Many of them grace the walls of my home. I have lived with someone with MS. It is not a kind disease. While many will say that her designs will be her legacy I believe that her best legacy is her loving family.
Pat Logan
August 17, 2012
Marilyn gave so many needleworkers such inspired patterns to work with, and was kind enough to include multicultural options to reflect the ethnicities of her fans. She will be sorely missed. My sympathies to her children and mother.
Siannan MacDuff
August 17, 2012
I treasure my collection of her patterns, and when I have the skill to do them justice I will stitch them. Her legacy lives on. Sincere condolences to her family at this sad time.
Susan Hansford
August 17, 2012
The very first cross-stitch pattern I bought was designed by you, Marilyn. Thank you for sharing your talent and your gentle and generous spirit with us.

May your family find peace in loving memories.
August 17, 2012
You are an inspiration to all us cross stitchers that have bought your designs and stitched them. You will be sorely missed by all. RIP!
Marianne Negley
August 17, 2012
Thank you for all the inspiration and beauty over the years. You will be missed. But your angels will watch over all of us, with you among them.
Romilly Mueller
August 17, 2012
Thank you Marilyn for your beautiful designs and for inspiring so many to pick up a needle. You will be missed. Rest in Peace. My sincere condolences to her family.
Jo Mason
August 17, 2012
Although I didn't know Mariyn personally I did have the privilege of stitching a few of her lovely designs. As a designer she touched us with her talent and beauty.She will be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with her family, with hopes that their memories of her will help to ease the pain
Janie Holmes
August 17, 2012

Thank you for your beautiful cross stitch designs. It was your designs that really got me started in cross stitch. Your angel designs are my favorite.

God Bless you and may you rest in peace.
Amanda Munroe
August 17, 2012
Marilyn you will be missed but know that you are with the Angels you so loved to share with all of us.

Jeanette Kilpatrick, Texas
August 17, 2012
Marilyn, you will be missed greatly by those who lives you changed with your art and designs for needleworkers. Love and Light will be with you always.
Thutmosis Rose
August 17, 2012
Thank you Marilyn, you left the world a beautiful legacy in all the gorgeous designs you did. R.I.P. in the knowledge you will never be forgotten as long as there is needle and thread. My sincere condolences to your family may they find peace in the knowledge you were well loved and respected by thousands of people all over the world.
Mavis Greaves
August 17, 2012
My deepest condolences to the family of a very gifted artist. I have stitched several of her designs and they grace the walls of my home.
Susan Thompson
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