Marilynne Jean Shortt Marilynne Jean Shortt, 86, born to John and Anne Keoskey, Feb. 6, 1930, passed away peacefully on Feb. 4, surrounded by family, friends, and Tootsie, the 4 pound dog that she adored. She was an amazingly sweet and thoughtful woman of good humor, intelligence, beauty, courage, and epic patience. In her youth she was a talented singer, actress, piano player, and dancer who performed on stage, and for wounded G.I.s during WW II. She won the heart of childhood friend and paratrooper Harry "Mick" Shortt, whom she married in 1950. She is proceeded in death by her devoted husband, and her three siblings, Barbara, Eleanor, and Jack, and survived by her five children, Matt, Mali Shortt Chann, Anne Shortt Reeves, Tim, and John, as well as a large army of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Rachel Reeves and Riley Shortt, who barely left her side in her last days. She was a devoutly religious pacifist, and an active Jehovah's Witness since the late 1960s, as well as a fully devoted mom whose very rare "Me Time" included reading books on the early West, anything related to "Anne of Green Gables", and learning how to fly a Cessna airplane. She will be greatly missed by many as a truly exceptional person. She preferred not to have a funeral service, but the family is planning a casual gathering on March 19, at Fox Lake Park in Titusville. Check her Facebook.
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