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B. Marlene Ditchey

May 15, 1937 — April 13, 2024

Poland

Poland - B. Marlene Ditchey, lovingly known as Marlene, peacefully passed away at her home on April 13, 2024, surrounded by the warmth of her family and in the comfort of familiar surroundings, just as she wished. 

She was born May 15, 1937 in Bedford, Ohio, a daughter of the late Francis and Bernice (Hartshorn) Rigby. She graduated from Hubbard High School. Marlene worked for the Joseph Horne Company.  

To know Marlene was to know love in its purest form. Her kindness flowed effortlessly, quietly touching the lives of all fortunate enough to cross her path. Her humility and selflessness knew no bounds, always putting others before herself with a grace that seemed otherworldly. She embodied the very essence of class and sophistication and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was able to turn even the most ordinary moments into cherished memories.

She enjoyed the simple things in life, whether it be participating in her home parish, St. Michael's, exercise club, growing beautiful flowers in her garden, finding joy within the pages of a book, or listening to music. But where her personality shined through the most was with her love of painting folk-art style wildflowers, where she was able to capture their vibrant beauty with each stroke of her pencil. Transforming her artwork into magnets, she was then able to give them away freely, spreading joy and connection across the country and around the world. 

Marlene's greatest role in life was being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves behind to cherish her beautiful legacy, her children, Vicki J. (Thomas) Sarago of Youngstown; Richard "Rich" F. Davis of Poland, Douglas B. (Kathleen) Davis of Powell, and Gregory K. Davis of Poland; grandchildren, Abby (Zach) Holladay, Amanda (Haley) Moliterno, and Darien J. Davis; great-grandchildren, Noah and Macy; her longtime companion, William "Bill" Lipka of Poland; as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear lifelong friends. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John "Jack" Ditchey; and brothers, Merle and Gary Rigby. 

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman, and again from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Friday. A funeral service to honor and celebrate Marlene will be held immediately following at 11:00 a.m. She will be entombed at Calvary Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions or acts of kindness may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 979 Tibbetts Wick Road, Suite A, Girard, Ohio 44420, who took special care of Marlene in her time of need. 

In high school, her senior superlative somehow captured the type of person she was then, and throughout her time on this earth, continued to be the true embodiment of her spirit-  "Attentive to her own affairs, free from other haunts and cares."  Rest easy Marlene.  

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send the family condolences. 


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Visitation

Thursday, April 18, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Becker Funeral Home - Boardman

8536 Market St, Boardman, OH 44512

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Visitation

Friday, April 19, 2024

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

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8536 Market St, Boardman, OH 44512

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Funeral Service

Friday, April 19, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Becker Funeral Home - Boardman

8536 Market St, Boardman, OH 44512

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