Marilyn Joyce Heginbotham, age 81, passed away peacefully at VITAS Hospice Care at The Drake Center on Monday November 13, 2017.
A lifelong Cincinnati resident, Marilyn was born at Good Samaritan Hospital on February 22, 1936 to Clifford and Lillian (Hauck) Wingerter. She graduated from Withrow High School in 1954, and began work at Williamson Company where she met her future husband, Thomas Louis Heginbotham. They married in 1960 and together they raised three children on Aylesboro Avenue in Hyde Park.
When her children were young, Marilyn served as PTA President at Kilgour Elementary, was scout leader for both Cub Scouts and Brownies, and supported her children in their various sporting events and activities. Her involvement in the school system led to her job as Teacher’s Aide at Linwood Elementary and later, after furthering her education through bookkeeping classes, as Treasurer at Walnut Hills High School. She eventually became a bookkeeper for the Cincinnati Board of Education and retired in 2001. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and knitting and was an avid Cincinnati sports fan.
After retirement, she held many volunteer positions including helping at Mercy Hospital and the Cincinnati Public Library, bookkeeping for the Cincinnati Garden Club, ushering at Music Hall & The Arnoff Center, treasurer of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army and, most recently, served as Ambassador at Barrington Place Assisted Living Center.
Marilyn was a determined fighter and battled Parkinson’s disease for many years. She lived life to the fullest despite the limitations of the disease.
She is survived by her children: Tom (Becky) Heginbotham, Cara Cook & Ann Heginbotham; grandchildren: TJ Heginbotham, Katie Heginbotham, Sarah Cook, Stephanie Cook & Taylor Cook; brother Clifford J. (Marian) Wingerter; nephew Cliff (Stephanie) Wingerter III and niece Beth (Scott) Witte.
A private family service will be held to honor Marilyn at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in the name of Marilyn Heginbotham to the American Parkinson’s Association.