Marylin Jane Hood Ritner



Marylin passed away on June 18, 2007. She was 78. Marylin was surrounded by her family, who helped her through her transition.



Marylin was the wife of David Everret Ritner, who passed on in March 2007. They were married for 52 years and together they raised five children: Leslie Ritner-Bogue, Maria Ritner, Claudia Ritner, John Ritner, and Andrea Ritner-Mustafa. She will be missed by her nine grandchildren, nephews, and niece.



Marylin was born and raised in San Francisco as a third generation citizen. Although the city was her home, the world was her destination. She traveled all over the world with her close friends. Rather than going on a tour, she chose to find her way, stay in little hotels, and eat at local cafes. Ashland was her second home with her daughter, Leslie.



Marylin retired from the San Francisco Unified School District, where she made life long friends.



The importance of compassion, neutrality, and acceptance were powerful. She insisted that each of her children participate in every peace march.



She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and throwing a big dinner.



Marylin was a passionate supporter of art and music. For years she volunteered with The Opera House, symphony, jazz shows, and ballet. She managed to attend almost all the street fairs and celebrations in San Francisco.



Marylin was a volunteer on Project Open Hand for many years. Her friends were numerous and worldwide.



She practiced life with intention. She tended carefully to her relationships with love and care.



The family deeply appreciates the services provided by Hospice By The Bay, and Home Health Advocates.



A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 29, 2-4 PM, in The Pavilion Room of Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Ave. (near Geary Blvd), San Francisco.