Marilyn Louise McGhee Marlowe, 75

Published 11:08 pm Sunday, September 5, 2021

Marilyn Louise McGhee Marlowe, 75, of Danville, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 20th following a long illness. Born August 1, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Louise Goode McGhee. Marilyn’s husband of fifty-five years, Sammy Fox Marlowe, preceded her in death in June of this year. She is survived by one son, Matthew Cameron Marlowe of Tampa, Florida, and one daughter, Melissa Anne Marlowe (Reid Talley) of Danville. Marilyn loved her grandchildren, Ashley MacDonell (Peter) of Woodstock, Georgia; Nicholas Campbell of Charlotte, North Carolina; Cameron and Connor Marlowe of Tampa, Florida; Meg Talley of Seattle, Washington; and Will Talley of Louisville, Kentucky. Marilyn was blessed with a great-grandson, William MacDonell, in February of this year. She is also survived by one sibling, Larry McGhee, and her nephew, Donald McGhee, both of Danville. Marilyn was a graduate of the Danville High School Class of 1964. Following graduation, she obtained her license as a beautician and worked until the birth of her first child. She dedicated her life to caring for her husband and children. As her children became more independent, she worked as a Special Education Instructional Assistant at Bate Middle School and later at Danville Montessori School. Marilyn was a member of the First Christian Church of Danville where she served as a Deacon and later as an Elder. She was an active member for many years of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and served as the Worship Director. Within the local community, Marilyn was a founding member of the Danville Junior Women’s Club. She served in many roles within that organization throughout her membership. The club sponsored the Miss Danville pageant and Marilyn served as the pageant director. Her hard work earned her recognition from the Miss Kentucky pageant and she was awarded the Outstanding Pageant Director and a position on the committee of the state pageant. Marilyn’s family would like to extend a special thanks to those who walked alongside her during her extended illness. Nurses Ashley Webb and Dana Coffman of Kindred Home Health who assisted the family through the difficulty of caring for Marilyn while she was able to be at home; the staff of Landmark of Lancaster who cared for her in her final months; and Heritage Hospice, particularly nurse Carrie. All of these individuals were not only professional but cared for Marilyn with genuine compassion and kindness; her family is forever grateful. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 11th at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland, Kentucky. Visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. with the service following at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held privately at a later date. The family respectfully requests that masks be worn. A guestbook is available at

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