Marilyn Ann Harty

March 29, 1936 ‒ April 05, 2021

Marion, Ohio

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,  services will be live-streamed via the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, Facebook page (; 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


  • Brian,

    Was sorry to hear about your Mother. I know how hard it is to lose that special person in your life. I’ll be praying for you and your family.


  • Brian,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to help in your time of sorrow.

  • I will cherish every beautiful memory that I have with “Mom” Harty. She always made me feel like one of her own and I never doubted her love and support every time I would see her. My heart and prayers are with Diane and Brian and the family. Love you all.

  • God bless you and your family my friend. My heart is with you in this tough time. My most sincere condolences, John.

  • Diane and Brian, We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She and I had alot of good times together and played lots of cards too. She will be missed. You and your families are in out thoughts and prayers! Janet and Dick Wood

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Marlyn was a special friend to our family. We came to know her and love her at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. I lost my daughter in January, Marlyn called and said it would be an honor for her to play the the organ at Kara’s Funeral. It was very special for all of us for her to do that. Our family loved her, she was a special soul.
    Lesta Basel

  • Brian and Diane,
    So so sorry for your loss. We shared so many good times together, trips church functions,basketball games.
    She will be missed so much.
    You and your families are in my
    Thoughts and prayers, love and hugs.
    Karen Beidelschies

  • Brian and Diane,

    So sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have known Marilyn. She always treated me and everyone with warmth and kindness. She was the epitome of a great lady. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Diane Mack

  • To Diane, Brian and family members ~
    I was among the fortunate ones to be able to call Marilyn ‘friend’. The friendship started through church women events – a good foundation for a lasting bond.
    It was good to share conversations with her – her faith always remaining strong regardless of any challenges she faced. She was a joy to know.
    May that same faith be your comfort as you grieve = faith in Christ’s promises to help bring you peace.
    Lifting you up in prayer ~ with heartfelt sympathy in Christian love ~
    Becky and Tom Bennett

  • Dear Diane and Brian—
    I think you already know that Aunt Marilyn and Uncle Rollie were two of my favorites from that wonderful generation of Hartys.
    I won’t be able to come to the memorial, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    All my love,
    Pam Harty

  • Dear Brian & Diane,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She was a great secretary that I got
    To work with for 8 years as your guidance counselor. She was a better person!
    I so enjoyed my friendship with her. I also enjoyed having both of you in school.
    You both were not only great students, you were great classmates to your friends.
    She touched countless lives! Again please accept my condolences.

  • Dear Diane

    My sincere condolences to your entire family. I know you will miss her dearly, but just keep those precious memories in your heart and she will continue to give you peace with her enduring LOVE. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

  • Dear Brian and Diane, we are so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a joy to work with. She always greeted me with a smile and a warm conversation. Such good memories from Pleasant school days. God bless you and your families! I pray you cherish the memories of your mom and dad and all the good times. Love, John and Nancy

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