May 21, 1957—Sept. 4, 2019
We write to remember our dearly departed,
A mom, sis, aunt, g-ma, so deeply good-hearted.
On September 4th, the world lost its kindest soul,
We don’t know in her absence if we’ll ever be whole.
She’s remembered in glory as the April Fool’s Queen,
Her pranks wicked, outrageous, but not ever mean.
Her healing hands gave us all such comfort and peace,
With massages, back scratches, and love that never ceased.
She was often at the piano, playing songs for her fam,
Lullabies, Carpenters, Newsies, and jams.
The notes on the page become tunes in the air.
And all of our burdens seem easier to bear.
Through fear, doubt, and heartbreak, you gave such sage advice,
Your knowledge of your loved ones was perfectly precise.
“To take the hurt out of death, you’d have to take the love out of life.”
We’ll take all the hurt now, you taught us survival through strife.
In your living, you taught us to put kindness first.
We’ll think of you now with every cloudburst.
Her children survive her, numbers one up to seven,
And eight grandchildren, four siblings, with two parents in heaven.
Seven nieces, eight nephews, and countless E-Babies.
You helped all you knew, even the true crazies.
Dear Marty, we’ll miss you, your loss brings such pain.
But we’ll live on with kindness, to honor your name.
All who loved Marlene are invited to a viewing Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State St., Midvale, and to a remembrance hosted by her family Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., at 8735 S. Harvard Park Dr., Sandy.