Marlene K. Dively, 80, Alexandria, died Friday in Alexandria surrounded by her family. She had been in failing health for the past two and a half years.
She was born at her grandparents' home in Altoona, daughter of the late Leo C. and Martha (Ryan) Kelley. On Dec. 31, 1952, she married Benjamin F. Dively III at the United Methodist Church in Greenwood.
She is survived by her husband; four children: Ron L. Dively and wife, Merilyn, of Alexandria, Kurt N. Dively of Alexandria, Lynn R. Jaymes of Huntingdon and Benjamin F. "Jamie" Dively IV and his wife, Catherine, of Alexandria; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings: David Lee Kelley and his wife, Joy, of Tyrone, her twin sister, Beverly Kelley, of Greenwood and Cindy Weyant of Martinsburg; a sister-in-law, June McGirk of Osceola Mills; and her very special friend and neighbor, Rebecca Donnelly.
She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Robert Weyant; her father- and mother-in-law, Benjamin F. Dively Jr and Theresa (Little) Dively; and two brothers-in-law: Warren Stoudt and John McGirk.
She was a 1950 graduate of Altoona High School.
Marlene worked as an Avon representative in the Williamsburg area for the past 40 years, financial secretary at Juniata Valley Ambulance Association, Morris Township auditor, Logan Township wage tax office secretary, Blair County AAA secretary and bookkeeper at "Mike's Place" in Water Street. She also worked the election polls in Morris Township.
She was a member of Spruce Creek United Methodist Church and the Hartslog Valley Grange. Marlene was a devoted Christian, mother and grandmother and loved to go to church and church-related events. She enjoyed reading her Bible and giving anonymously to people in their time of need. She was also very fond of her caregiver, Mary Catherine Isenberg, for the past two years.
At the request of the deceased, her body is being donated to Humanity Gifts Registry.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Cutright Funeral Homes -Juniata Valley Chapel, 412 Main Street, Alexandria, where a memorial service will be held immediately following the 8 p.m. visitation with the Rev. Bernie Bookhammer officiating. Interment will be in Shaffersville Cemetery, Water Street, when the remains are returned to the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spruce Creek United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 45, Spruce Creek, PA, 16683.