Did you know Marilyn Ayster, the daughter of John and Dorothy Ayster, when she was growing up in Gates Mills, Ohio, or studying art at Andrews School for Girls in Willoughby, Ohio?
Do you remember Marilyn from the 1960s when she was married to Ray Hufford?
Perhaps you met her after she moved to Elyria, Ohio, or after she married Jim Exline.
Even if you never met her, you may wish you had known her when you read her story in the Elyria Chronicle of Sunday, November 15, 2009. Marilyn Exline is the second subject of my new Chronicle feature, which like this column is titled “The Dash Between.”
In the November 15th piece, I examine the dash between Sept. 13, 1940, when Marilyn Ayster was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and Nov. 2, 2009, when the outspoken Grafton, Ohio, woman, animal lover, one-time clown died.
The Dash Between, which shares the lives of recently deceased regular folks from Lorain County, Ohio, and adjacent areas, runs every other Sunday in The Chronicle.
NEWS! The Dash Between also will soon appear in the Medina County Gazette. For those features, we'll look at the lives of recently departed people from the Medina County area. More on that next week.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest a subject for “The Dash Between” in The Chronicle, The Gazette or any other Ohio newspaper or for ObitsOhio.com.
Alana Baranick, chief author of "Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers," won the 2005 American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award in the Obituary category for similar obit features she wrote for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio.
This "Dash Between" column was originally posted on ObitsOhio.com on Nov. 15, 2009.