Marilyn Ann Harty
MARION - Marilyn Ann Harty, a lifelong resident of Marion and loved matriarch, passed on April 5, 2021. She was 85.
Born Marilyn Mack in 1936 to LeRoy and Ellen, she grew up on Marion-Cardington Road East in Marion with her older brother James. In 1962, Marilyn married Rolland Harty, whom she met working as a teller at Marion County Bank.
Marilyn and Rolland have two children: Diane Emmons and Brian Harty. They spent every fall attending Pleasant football games and every winter keeping score at Pleasant basketball games. Their shared love of sports took them on Ohio State football game trips, traveling to Rose Bowls and away games with the Ohio State Marion Alumni Club.
Marilyn graduated from Pleasant High School in 1954 and was a secretary there for 25 years. The job made good use of her abilities to spark a conversation with anyone and spot a forged absence excuse from a mile away.
She learned how to play the organ at 11, beginning her enduring love for music. Blessed with a sharp memory, an alto voice and long fingers, Marilyn faithfully played the organ at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Waldo and Forest Lawn Presbyterian Church throughout her life. When she wasn't playing the organ, she was in the choir and bell choir. Marilyn cherished the countless trips and international travels with her church friends.
A true farmer's daughter, Marilyn looked forward to planting produce and flowers every spring. Strawberries, cherry tomatoes and marigolds were her favorites.
She was strong and sweet. Marilyn battled myasthenia gravis for over 20 years and knew every name (and life story) of her many doctors and nurses.
Marilyn found joy in the ordinary: a 30-minute phone call with a loved one, an afternoon nap with her cat Gracie on her lap, the perfect coupon, Bachelor/Bachelorette Mondays, a Friday visit to the beauty shop, Days of our Lives plot-twists, baking her scalloped potatoes just right for holidays.
She read the Marion Star and Columbus Dispatch every day for the crossword puzzles and was the fiercest euchre player. Her birthday cards—written in her perfect penmanship and inscribed with a heartfelt note—were better than any present.
Marilyn adored her family, including her seven grandchildren: Sara Emmons, Katie Emmons, Hailey Parks, Hunter Harty, Parker Harty, Genie Holtel and Janey Fallaw. She is also survived by many Harty, Mack and Mautz extended family members.
An outdoor visitation will be Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 135 W Main St, Waldo from 4PM to 7PM; a celebration of life service will be Saturday at the church at 12Noon with Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves officiating; burial will be private Saturday morning, before the celebration of life service, in Marion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Harty family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com