Marilyn Sue Hartley died peacefully surrounded by family at her Gig Harbor home near Rocky Creek June 10, 2022. She was 80 years old. She was born and raised in Alliance, Ohio, the same place she met and later married Jerry Hartley. The couple shared their love for nearly 58 years.
Marilyn enjoyed a long life of service to her community and being a loving wife to her husband, Jerry, and devoted mother to their son, David.
In the early years of their marriage, Marilyn helped raise David while Jerry served in the U.S. Air Force. After working in the Inspector General’s Office at Norton Air Force Base in California, she retired from Northrop-Grumman in 2006. Soon after, she and Jerry moved to the Key Peninsula to be closer to their son and granddaughters Sophia and Maddy.
Retirement allowed Marilyn to become active in her community and charity events. A founding member of KP Cares, she will be fondly remembered as generous with her time and passionate in her quest to improve the lives of many in the community.
Later in her life, she also became a member of the Imagine Guild, one of the many fundraising guilds of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
She also shared her son’s passion for Seattle Sounders FC. As a member of the Emerald City Supporters, Marilyn quickly became beloved among the group. One of her proudest moments was shaking the hand of head coach Brian Schmetzer during pre-game warmups.
Instead of flowers, Marilyn’s final wish was to request a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital. This can be done at www.seattlechildrens.org. When doing so, please designate the Imagine Guild from the drop-down menu.
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