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Local Botanist, Environmental Activist Marilyn Ortt Passes After 78 Active Years
Posted on: 05/27/2014
By  Mike Cullums
A local naturalist and community activist has passed away. Marilyn Ortt died on Sunday at the age of 78, after what her family described as battle with cancer that she fought with grace, dignity and humor.
Marilyn Ortt was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Oak Grove, graduating from Marietta College with a degree in chemistry. Her love of botany and the environment led her into a long career as a field botanist for the State of Ohio.
To say that Marilyn was active in the community is an understatement.
She was instrumental in helping to found: Friends of the Lower Muskingum River; Marietta Area Recycling Center; Kris-Mar Woods; Marietta Natural View, the Marietta Natural History Society; Community Earth Day; the Marietta City Tree Commission; Washington County Household Hazardous Waste Day; the Boord Preserve; and the Ladd Natural Bridge.
Preceded in death by her husband, William Charles Ortt, Marilyn Ortt is survived by five children, four grandchildren, two siblings and a host of other relatives.
The family will receive friends at Cawley and Peoples Funeral Home in Marietta on Wednesday (May 28) 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm, with a vigil service at 3 pm.
A mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM at the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption, with Monsignor John Michael Campbell celebrating. Interment will be at Ave Maria Cemetery near Churchtown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Marilyn Ortt to the Marietta Community Foundation, PO Box 77, Marietta OH 45750 or to Friends of the Lower Muskingum River, 701 Colegate Drive, Marietta OH 45750.  
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