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Mrs. Abbott was born April 17, 1932, in Sharon, a daughter of the late Walter and
Thelma (Grande) Murdock. She was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Sharon High School.
Her husband, Edward William "Bill" Abbott, whom she married in 1949, passed away in 1974. She and her husband were active members of the First United Methodist Church in Sharon.
Following the unexpected death of her husband, Marlyn devoted her life to her sons and later, her grandsons. She loved attending her grandsons' hockey games as well as other athletic and scholastic events.
Marlyn retired from Penn State University, Shenango Valley Campus, where she was employed for more than 15 years. She was a member and past officer of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Post 1338, Sharon, where she enjoyed volunteering, participating in the parades and serving as the clubs historian for many years.
Surviving are: two sons, Dr. Bruce E. Abbott and his wife Jennifer and Walter W. Abbott, all of Hermitage; and two grandsons, whom she adored, Dr. Nicholas Abbott and his wife Alyssa and Benjamin Abbott and his fiancée Chelsea Ruffo; her longtime companion, Cliff Sederland, of Brookfield, Ohio; a brother, Leonard Murdock and his wife Dolly; a sister-in-law, Catherine Chambers, of Brookfield; a brother-in-law, Richard Abbott, of Hermitage; and her beloved cat, Lucy, who gave her much comfort.
Besides her parents and husband, Marlyn was preceded in death by two sisters, Delphia Rock and Delores Mihlo; and a brother, Walter Murdock.
The family would like to thank Sharon Regional Hospice and Palliative care for their compassion; and also a special thank you to her caregiver, Sylvia Sabino, for her devotion, love and companionship.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, 439 E. State St., Sharon, 16146; or to a local non-profit animal advocacy organization.
Marlyn, 87, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (5-24-19) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Memorial service: 4:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, conducted by the Sharon VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Interment: Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
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