Marilyn Joan Lane passed away in her home in Oro Valley from cancer on a Sunday morning, September 18, 2016. Although her body will return to the earth, her spirit will live on within everyone that knew her. A pillar of strength and love, Marilyn lived a life that truly mattered. All who knew her were touched by this extraordinary woman's unconditional love, passion, generosity, gratitude and cheerful outlook.\n\nBorn in Michigan, she contracted polio at age 12 which thwarted her dream of being a ballerina. In overcoming that affliction, she developed a love for books and education. \n\nWhen the youngest of her four children began first grade, Marilyn went back to school herself and earned her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate, arranging her course schedule to ensure she was always home when the children finished school each day. With her new degree, Marilyn was able to teach, nurture and develop children as an elementary school teacher in California. While working as a full-time teacher and raising four children, Marilyn once again went back to school, this time in night classes, and earned her Master's Degree. She became a school administrator in California and later taught at the American International School in Saudi Arabia. \n\nDuring (and after) her career as a lifelong educator, she never stopped mentoring, teaching, leading, educating, giving, and especially learning. Marilyn was driven to empower all people to reach their full potential, and she became a renowned expert and author in developing every child's self-esteem and enabling the gifted to further realize and develop their gifts. Her compassion for people and passion for teaching was without borders or boundaries, as her development of children and educators stretched across the world, including Austria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Malaysia, and several other countries. \n\nMarilyn is survived by her sister Marge, her four children (David, Laura, Lewis, and Susan), her four grandchildren (Sharla, LP, Sarah, Garrett), as well as many extended family members and countless lifelong friends that she loved so dearly. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Lewis P Lane II, as well as her loving life partner, Clark Congdon.\n\nWe will celebrate Marilyn's life on October 22 in Tucson AZ at Christ the King Episcopal Church at 11:00am. Marilyn's ashes will be laid to rest aside her beloved Lewis in Hillside Memorial Cemetery, Redlands, CA on November 5th. We will also hold a memorial ceremony in Crescent City, CA, on December 3, where her ashes will join her beloved Clark in a nearby redwood forest that was so near and dear to both of their hearts.