Marilyn C. Kurtz ("Mimi"), avid reader and skilled home cook, passed away on December 13, 2022, from cancer at the age of 79.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Edmund M. and Ruth Potter Collins, she graduated from Waggoner High School and Ursuline College, now Bellarmine University, both in Louisville. She was proud to have been one of only a few women in her classes at the University of Maryland Law School, from which she graduated after completing coursework at the University of Texas Law School in Austin. Marilyn married Dr. Robert S. Kurtz in New York City in 1968 and they lived in Baltimore, San Antonio, and Montreal before returning in 1976 to New York City, where they raised daughters Holly and twins Elizabeth and Amy. Following her divorce, she held positions in New York at Physicians for Social Responsibility and Brookdale Hospital, where she served as coordinator of the Anesthesia Residency Program. She retired from a role in Communications at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, companion Philip Appleton, niece Laura Broadhurst, and brother-in-law William S. Summitt. She is survived by her daughters Holly Kurtz (Jim Ellis), Elizabeth Kurtz, and Amy Kurtz Lansing (Charles Lansing), as well as by her beloved grandsons Alexander and Henry Lansing. She is also survived by sisters Beverly Summitt and Nancy Dimond (Drew Dimond) and their children and families.
She will be dearly missed by her loved ones, who will recall our long phone conversations with her; her delight in shopping at TJ Maxx, Trader Joe's, and Aldi; her collection of Virginia Woolf books; her love of the New York Yankees; and the various foods she prepared so deliciously, from lemon cheese pie, to pink birthday cake, to chestnut dressing.
Her family would like to thank the caregivers at Smilow Cancer Hospital and St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven, and at Beacon Hospice and Beechwood in New London for helping Mimi in her final months.
Abbey Cremation has been entrusted with arrangements. At her request, the family will commemorate her loss privately at a future time, but will remember her as she so often preferred to be--reading in peace with a cup of tea at her side.