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Marilyn deGruchy DeCorte

Marilyn deGruchy DeCorte was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Dr. James deGruchy and Lillian McFall deGruchy. Marilyn grew up with her brothers James Arthur, Jack Gywer, and sister Gwendolyn. Marilyn attended tent revivals on her own as a young adult, and on her own, traveled to Japan joining her family while her father Dr. deGruchy (a professor of Ichthyology) assisted the United States in their efforts to restore the Japanese fish population from 1948-1950.
Marilyn met Ernie in college. They were married on Valentine’s day in 1951 in a snow storm at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house at Oklahoma A&M. Ernie and Marilyn were employed by the US Government in June 1951 and postings included Okinawa, Pakistan, Philippines and Panama. later. Upon their return stateside, Ernie and Marilyn bought a farm in Hillsboro, Virginia in 1969. The family ended up with horses and cattle, a couple of dogs and a cat.
Later, Marilyn and Ernie had residences in Oregon and Virginia and were active within their communities wherever they lived. They were avid horse people, fox hunting and working with Loudoun Hunt, clearing trails, fixing coops, cleaning up after the races. Marilyn was awarded her colors by Loudoun Hunt and she served as Secretary for the Hunt. Marilyn also was the first organizer for the August Court Days held to celebrate harvest days in Leesburg. She worked part time at Hillsboro Elementary School as the school’s Librarian. While living in Oregon, Ernie and Marilyn farmed their ranch, rode mustangs with the Rim Rock Riders, snow shooed, ice skated, and cross country skied. Marilyn and Ernie loved to dance, play bridge, golf, fish, and ride. Marilyn and Ernie were inseparable, Ernie lived for Marilyn and Marilyn lived for Ernie.
Marilyn survived four major cancers (throat, breast, kidney and bladder cancer). Marilyn was one of those women who could do anything she set her mind to. In many ways Marilyn was a force of nature, she was so very strong, right up until the end of her life.
Marilyn deGruchy DeCorte passed away peacefully after a short illness. She was predeceased by her Husband Ernest DeCorte, her Father James, Mother Lillian, and Brothers James and Jack deGruchy. Marilyn is survived by her sister Gwen Bailey and her husband Phil, her daughter Michelle and sons Rodney and Guy. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, 2 December 2017 at Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville, Virginia at 1:00 PM. All are welcome to attend a celebration of her life.

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