Marilyn Jean Ley, age 97, passed away on February 3, 2024. She was born in Newcomerstown, the oldest of 3 children. A clotheshorse at heart, she left home at 18 for New York City and started a lifelong career in fashion. After several years in New York, she returned to Ohio and settled in Columbus where she worked in sales at The Union, a department store downtown, she was an assistant buyer at Montaldo’s, a woman’s retailer in Upper Arlington, and returned to sales at Jacobson’s a department store in City Center Mall.
She was an avid reader and made a point to stay on top of current events. She loved traveling; visiting Europe, the western US and frequently flew to Florida to visit dear friends. She loved a good restaurant and would fight you for the bill. She was fiercely independent and could swear a blue streak. She cared deeply for her family. After a lifetime away, she’ll return home to Newcomerstown to rest beside her parents.
Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Mildred Ley; brothers, Gordon Ley and Keith Ley. She is survived by her nieces, Erin Ley (Justin Hemminger), Susan Robinson (Mike), nephew, Christopher Ley (Jill Wesley) sisters-in-law, Pamela Ley and Phyllis Ley, two great-nephews and one great-niece.
Arrangement with GRAUMLICH FUNERAL HOME, 1351 South High Street., Columbus, OH., 43207. A private family burial will be held for Marilyn at her final resting place in Newcomerstown, OH. To leave an online condolence for the family please visit Marilyn’s tribute page at www.graumlichfuneralhome.com