Marilyn F. Ivey (Sign Guestbook)

Marilyn Florence Ivey, passed away on Tuesday March 20, 2018. Marilyn was born May 17, 1940 in Louisville, KY and was the daughter of the late Rev. John Alson and Sue McGinnis Ivey. She was a graduate of Russell (KY) High School, Georgetown (KY) College (B.A) Peabody College- Vanderbilt University (M.A.) and the University of Georgia (Ed.S.)

She had taught in the Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee public schools for 39 years, had been organist and organist/choir director in Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian,
Episcopal, Catholic and Lutheran churches for 52 years, and had maintained a private piano studio for several years.

Ms. Ivey was Past President of Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, President of Eta Delta Phi Leadership Fraternity, Dean of Knoxville Chapter, American Guild of Organists, Vice- President of Knoxville Branch, American Association of University Women, President of Alpha Xi, Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta Education Fraternity, member of the International- Intercultural Committee of the Association for Childhood Education International, a former member of Georgia Federation of Women’s clubs, Knox County Democrats, and currently a member of Church Street United Methodist Church (Friends in Christ Sunday School Class)

Marilyn was a 20 + year volunteer at both the Knoxville Museum of Art and WUOT- FM public radio. She was a volunteer for over 31 years at Tennessee Children’s Hospital. There was no immediate family, but several surviving cousins in the Knoxville area.

A graveside service and burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 2:00pm. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory is honored to serve the Ivey family and invites you to sign and view the family guestbook below.


14 guestbook entries for “Marilyn F. Ivey”:

  1. Elizabeth Thomas says:

    Remembering sweet Marilyn and her many, many years of dedicated and selfless volunteer service at Children’s Hospital. She could always be counted on to volunteer on holidays when she knew no other volunteers were available. A true blessing to all. Rest in peace.
    Elizabeth Thomas, (Retired) Director Volunteer Services and Resources
    East TN Children’s Hospital

  2. Beverly Beeler Sanders says:

    To my dear cousin, Marilyn,

    God blessed our family beyond measure with the life of Marilyn. She was given many musical talents which she shared to make this world a more wonderful place. Rest in the arms of Jesus. Give Uncle John and Aunt Susie a hug for us. So hard to give up our family.
    Your loving cousin, Beverly Beeler Sanders

  3. Norma Conklin says:

    Marilyn will be missed!

  4. Christopher Sneed says:

    A beautiful soul I had the pleasure of knowing through Church Street. Rest in peace sweet friend. Your smile and welcoming heart will be precious memories for many.

  5. Phyllis Johnson says:

    Ms. Marilyn was one of my favorite volunteers… She had been with children’s for 4 years when I came as an employee, I always looked forward to working the weekends because of her. She helped a lot but I mostly enjoyed her company. She was always so very sweet. Every holiday she would bake sweets for our office and she never forgot. It was so sad to hear that she had passed. I know she is with our father in heaven and I can only imagine what it’s like. Rest in peace Ms. Marilyn

  6. Beth West says:

    I came to know Marilyn through yoga classes. She really enjoyed yoga and her Lady Vols. Marilyn took an interest in my granddaughter’s love of running and sponsored her in the Forget Me Not 5k for three years. We are honored that Marilyn encouraged Stuart Ann and always cheered for her on raceday. I believe that Marilyn has played a huge part in Stuart Ann’s competitive running.
    We will miss her but will never forget how she touched our family.

  7. Verna McLain says:

    She will be missed in the church and the community.

  8. Sue Wilburn says:

    What a wonderful person I had the privilege to say I knew her. I did not know her well, but my daughter and I volunteered with our St. Bernard Roxie in the HABIT program at Children’s on the weekend. She was there at the information desk rain or shine. She was so interesting to chat with. In slower time she would work on the NYTimes crossword puzzle and complete it! She told us once she had not necessarily been fond of dogs, but Roxie change her mind about that. Roxie sure loved her. How much more blessed Children’s is because of your service. Thank you so.

  9. Mary Workman says:

    A beautiful soul that lived to help others. God has a special place for her in heaven. I only knew Marilyn a short while, getting to know her when she volunteered on Saturdays at Children’s Hospital. She helped me on more than one occasion, even getting me food one time when my lunch had gotten ruined by a leaking water bottle. We talked of our church connection too at Church Street UMC. She is greatly missed and loved by many.

  10. Kitsy Hartley says:

    Marilyn will be sadly missed by many. She was the ultimate giver who’s wonderful full spirit touched many lives. I feel fortunate to have been one of them.
    Kitsy Hartley
    Chair of the Volunteer Advisory Council Knoxville Museum of Art

  11. Verna Bollin says:

    You are very special. God has a special place for you. I will miss you.

  12. Roy and Noemí Carter says:

    Our deepest condolences to Marilyn’s relatives. She was such a special person. We’ll miss her.
    Roy and Noemí

  13. Bonnie Reynolds says:

    Marilyn was the most beautiful person anyone could ever want to know. I worked with her on several projects at E TN Children’s Hospital and she had the sweetest smile that could touch the heart. She gave so much to those who knew her and worked with her. I feel very blessed to have known her and been able to work with her. She will be missed by all who she gave of her time so selflessly. Soar with the angels, sweet Marilyn.

  14. Sandra Foster says:

    Marilyn was a rare gift to those who knew her. Warm and friendly, talented, gifted, down-to-earth, interested in others. Whatever she did, it was good and for good. I knew her as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital. Her commitment made us all better people. There surely is a special place in God’s heaven for Marilyn Ivey. “Well done, good and faithful servant, dear Marilyn.”

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