In loving memory of Marian Markley: 1940-2021


Marian Markley passed away peacefully in her home in Ridgefield, Washington on Dec. 3, 2021 at the age of 81. 

Marian was born in Denver, Colorado on June 19, 1940 to Miles and Winnifred Markley. She grew up in Denver until she went to college at Iowa Wesleyan University where she graduated with a degree in education. She taught elementary school in various locations including San Salvador, where she taught American students, and Las Vegas. Her home became Ridgefield, Washington in 1976 where she was a stay-at-home mother. She continued to use her teaching skills and became a “room mother” during her daughter’s early elementary school years. She eventually went back to teaching as a substitute at various schools in Clark County. In her late 40s, Marian became interested in better health. She was an avid exercise enthusiast up until the last year of her life. She enjoyed walking and having personal training sessions where she could measure her improvements and be rewarded with positive feedback. Marian had a great love of cats and there probably wasn’t much time in her life when she didn’t have one. Her beloved cat, Noelle, lived to be 18 years old and passed away just over a month before she did. 

Marian is survived by her daughter Valerie Dewitz and son-in-law John Dewitz of Ridgefield, Washington, as well as her brother John Markley of Colorado, and half-sister Paula Garb of California. 

Marian made friends easily and was loved by many. She has been described as sweet, funny, classy, elegant and sparkly. 

A celebration of life will be planned and posted at a later date due to COVID-19 concerns. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Care Program, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Northwest, 2701 NW Vaughn St., Ste 140, Portland, Oregon, 97210 or Humane Society for Southwest Washington which can be made online at hssw. org/give or mailed to 1100 NE 192nd Ave., Vancouver, Washington, 98684.