Marilyn Jane Van Ethan was born on January 17, 1943 at OSU Hospital. She passed away peacefully on March 8, 2022 – International Women’s Day.

Resting in the Glen Forest Natural Cemetery, Marilyn lived a refined existence as an Amazon woman, ahead of her time, most of her life six feet tall. In the military family she was an extremely gifted artist. A voracious reader and an ardent public and peaceful activist, she was an outspoken feminist, a truth-seeker, an avid gardener and, most importantly, a cat lover!

One of our mother’s greatest contributions to her community, friends and family was her deep faith and encouragement to be true to herself. Mom was a great listener and a great storyteller. Her real talent is that she has always been able to help people feel better. She did it to the last breath and beyond. Her guidance in helping to find truth and enlightenment will continue forever.

Marilyn studied fine arts at George Washington University. She has spent most of her life in Washington, Germany, the Philippines and too many other places to name. Many remember her as a jewelry designer. Her beads have been sold at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Peabody Museum at Harvard, Fred Seagal in California, Georgetown Cotton in Columbia, Nordstrom department stores, numerous coast-to-coast art exhibitions, and Ohio Silver and Rita Caia.

She leaves behind two loving daughters, Mysaru Vuynovich and Zo Van Ethan-Master; grandchildren, Milan and Alexandra Vuinovich and Jane, Sven, Nicky and Kate Master; and sons-in-law Mike Vuinovich and Dave Master. Two sisters, Melanie Joy Taylor and Ginny Charfen, were ahead of her death, as were her mother, Mary Jane Van Ethan, and her father, John Harper Van Ethan. Marilyn was the eldest of four daughters, leaving only a younger sister, Michelle (Ron) Bauer of Centerville. She took great care of her many nephews.

A celebration of life is planned for this summer; follow the news for more information. Any charitable donations are highly valued and can be made directly to the LGBTQ Freedom Foundation and the Gesundheit Institute in her memory. Her beauty has touched many, and she will be missed by all her dear friends from the coast to the coast and in the re-evaluation counseling community.

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