Marilyn Spitzer Lough
Marilyn Spitzer Lough
  • October 28, 1944 - September 26, 2017
  • Penn Laird, Virginia

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"Let thy fountain be bless: and rejoice in the wife of thy youth." Proverbs 5:18 (KJV)

Marilyn Spitzer Lough passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday morning, September 26, 2017, after a long and courageous battle with PLS. Marilyn had not enjoyed good health for many years, but she persevered with a stoicism and grace which won her the admiration and respect of those who knew her.

Marilyn was born in Harrisonburg, on October 28, 1944, the only child of the late Glen and Ruby Spitzer of Mount Jackson, Virginia, where she was raised.

She received a BS from Madison College in 1967 and taught Earth Science for one year at Harrisonburg High School. The next year she was hired as a microbiologist for the Virginia Department of Agriculture, where she worked until being forced by poor health to retire in 1991.

In May of 1975, she met the love of her life, and future husband, Allen Grant Lough, who survives. Marilyn was a constant companion, supporter, best friend, confidant, and advisor to her husband. They enjoyed many activities together, including traveling on long trips, usually by motorcycle, camping, shooting, riding on Skyline Drive, picnicking, and just spending quiet evenings together watching movies and old TV shows. They were inseparable. They had the kind of lifelong love affair that few are blessed enough to ever experience. The Lord God joined them together as one, and kept them together as one, until parted by death. The two became one flesh.

Marilyn was a member of The Church of Solsburg. She was a born-again Christian, and she was at peace with the assurance of her Salvation and the certainty of her place in Heaven. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her, but by none so much as by her devoted husband Allen, who she always admiringly referred to as "my white knight."

A celebration of Marilyn's life will be held at The Church of Solsburg on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 3 pm, conducted by Pastor Josh Shifflett.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in her honor to the ALS Association, MD/DC/VA Chapter, at

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