Marlin, Louella

Marlin, Louella

September 15, 1926 – February 2, 2021

On Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Louella Burns Marlin passed away at age 94. She was a resident of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD for 14 years. She was born in Alexandria, Ky on September 15, 1926, graduated from Newport High School in Newport KY in 1944, and received a RN degree from Speers Memorial Hospital in Dayton, OH through the Cadet Nurses Corps program. After graduating from nursing school, she moved to Washington, DC. She married John Marshall Marlin, Jr. in 1952, and shortly thereafter moved to Rockville Md where she raised her four children. She was predeceased by her parents Benjamin Henry Burns and Ella Mae(Shaw) Burns, her husband John Marlin, Jr., son John (Marshall) Marlin III, sisters Henrietta Bell and Dorothy Moore, and brother Samuel Frotscher. She is survived by three children: Michael Marlin, Deborah (Marlin) McKenzie(Skip), and Steven Marlin and three grandchildren:Catherine McKenzie, Heather (McKenzie) Smith(Alex) and Patrick McKenzie. She is also survived by her sister Evelyn Anderson and brother-in-law Charles Lowell Marlin and sixteen nieces and nephews.

Louella was a volunteer in her community for over 50 years. An active member of Faith United Methodist Church in Rockville, MD for 57 years, she served on numerous committees, as a church usher, and greeter. She founded the Congressional Homemakers Club (1966) and Montrose 4-H Club (1967) in Rockville. Louella was instrumental in establishing the 4-H Arts and Crafts Department at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. She served as the 4-H Arts and Crafts Superintendent for 20 years. Lou attended to all the scrapes, bumps, bruises, and homesick campers at 4-H camp for 14 years as the camp nurse, a job she dearly loved. She also was a lifetime supporter and volunteer for numerous community programs including the Maryland 4-H foundation, International Four-H Youth Exchanges(IFYE), and Family and Community Education (FCE). In 1991 she was selected as one of three National Friends of Extension by the national fraternity for extension professionals, Epsilon Sigma Phi.

After her husbands untimely death in 1978, Louella expanded her volunteer outreach, and began traveling the country and world. Upon returning home, she would share wonderful stories, pictures and thoughtful gifts with her family and friends. Throughout her lifetime Louella served as mentor to hundreds of children and adults in her varied volunteer capacities. Her friendship, knowledge, support, and sense of humor were shared with all who met her. Her life’s impact will be remember and honored by countless people.

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