Ms. Marilyn L. Schofield died peacefully in Hilliard, Ohio on 30 December 2019 at the age of 76. She was born 4 August 1943 in Columbus, Ohio. Marilyn graduated from Worthington High School in 1961. She Graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in 1965 and later completed a Master’s degree in Education, also from OSU. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Gifford Landon and Julia Arthur as well as her partner, Ann (Amaryllis) Evans.
Marilyn is survived by her sister: Sharon Pittenger, and three children: Ronald (Melissa) Schofield, Clarksville, Ohio; Julie Hanselman, Hilliard, Ohio; Daniel (Lindsey) Schofield, Springfield, VA; eight grandchildren, Kyle, Craig and Cary Schofield; Sean and Casey Hanselman and Mac Hutchinson; Aksel and Aero Schofield.
Marilyn played organ and piano for over 50 years in four church congregations across Ohio. She was appreciated for her musical talents in Sunday services, weddings and funerals. She taught many to play piano and organ, especially when she was first raising her children and married to her former spouse, Henry Zane Schofield, Newark, OH. Marilyn’s career was in education as a music and special needs teacher for three decades until retiring from Hilliard Public Schools.
Marilyn is celebrated for her friendship, talents and passion for the arts. She was a longtime supporter of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Worthington Chorus, directing the latter during the late 1980s. She directed the church choirs where she played organ and studied voice until her retirement. Her lifetime devotion to music and her style as a voice, piano and organ performer are some of the deepest memories of her children, friends and family.
Marilyn loved art of all types, but she was particularly talented with cross stitch. Her friends and family are now blessed with dozens of beautifully framed, complex cross stitch pieces that hang on walls in their homes. This is certainly another legacy of her talents and devotion.
Marilyn also treasured the many pets and animals she had throughout her life. She didn’t consider them mere pets though, but an extension of her family and friends. Throughout her life, she talked fondly about her childhood family pet dog, Spot, the many farm animals she attended to while married, the rabbits she and her son, Daniel, raised and showed, and all the other animals she shared her home with over the years. She was certain she would be with them all again one day, along with friends and family who preceded her.
Marilyn liberally mixed her passions with her friends and family, hosting gatherings at her home or attending music events with them. Family gatherings and reunions were raucous, fun filled events that she anticipated not only for the continuation of her treasured relationships but also the opportunity to play Hearts with the few who could rival her competitiveness. She approached OSU football with the same zeal, attending when she could and watching on TV while discussing the game over the phone. She was embarrassingly loud at the games, equally so for the band and the team.
Marilyn lived a full, passionate life. She loved the people around her deeply. Her faith was full, mature and solid, and she did what she could to pursue all of them as her health allowed. Her children encourage those who knew her to join them at her memorial service.
Marilyn’s memorial service will be held 10:45am on Sunday, 12 January 2020, at Crestview Presbyterian (350 E Tulane Rd Columbus, OH). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Marilyn’s life.
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