Marilyn S. (Chalkley) Hart, 64, passed peacefully in her home on Sunday August 12, 2018, after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Marilyn was born in Orlando, FL in 1954 to John and Marilyn Joan (Miller) Chalkley, and moved to Shortsville, NY at age 12. From her genuine hospitality to her famous fried chicken, her love of front porch sittin’ to her greeting everyone with a wave and a smile, Marilyn displayed her southern roots in all that she did.
While her original profession was in the manufacturing of plastics for Mobile Chemical, in her thirties, she followed her heart into the role of caregiver. Marilyn helped to raise a great number of local children throughout the years, all whom she loved as her own, acquiring the beloved nick name, “Nana.”
Toting a stubborn, strong willed soul and the kindest of hearts, Marilyn was full spirited and always the life of the party. Her food soothed your soul, her stories made you laugh, and her smile made you feel like you were home. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who have had the pleasure of knowing her. Now free from the limitations and discomforts of her disease, Marilyn will forever be preserved within the hearts of those who love her, those whose lives she touched.
Marilyn was predeceased by her husband Joseph Hart Sr.; her mother Marilyn Joan (Miller) (Chalkley) Robbins; her son Joseph Hart Jr.; as well as other treasured family and friends. She leaves behind two daughters Christina Hart (Darin Rodgers) and Amy Hart; daughter in-law Erin (Joseph) Hart; three grandchildren Sydney Hart, Nolan Hart, and Cadence (Hart) Stapleton; sisters Judy (Jerry) Lonneville and Cheryl (Steven) Rose; brother Ronald (Linda) Chalkley; her father John Chalkley; her beloved dog Sophie; her dear friends at the Ritz and many additional friends and extended family members.
As an ode to living every day to its fullest, Marilyn made a point to spend a great amount of quality time with those she loved while she was still alive, particularly in her last months. Knowing her time was approaching, Marilyn chose to be the star of her own end of life celebration, surrounded by very close family and friends. As per her request, no services will be held following her passing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Marilyn's behalf to The Hart Strong Foundation, a non profit organization founded in memory of her late son, Joe Hart. Donations are being accepted through the foundation's ROCovery Fitness 5K fundraiser page at the link below.