Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


Marie Angela Marlatt

August 31, 1929December 29, 2017

Marie Angela Marlatt, of Arlington, VA, traveled home to God on December 29, 2017. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Ralph, as well as her brother, 2 children, and four grandsons. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Marie enjoyed an event-filled life, growing up in the Delray section of Alexandria, VA, born to Francis and Catherine Becker on August 31, 1929. her homemaker mother and railroad father Francis were active in the community along with her two brothers Frank and Bernie, and sister Mary Catherine.

After graduating from George Washington High School, she entered the convent of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in Wisconsin. Born Gertrude Angela, after her vows she took the name Marie Bernice. After serving 14 years as a grade school teacher in Dixon, Illinois, she was transferred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she finished her college degree at Edgewood College. She was sent to the Bronx in New York City before being transferred to St. Mary's parish school in Piscataway, Maryland.

Marie left the convent in 1969, and returned to Alexandria, Virginia where she taught 7th grade special education at king's Park elementary school. In 1970, she met and married Ralph Marlatt on June 15, in Alexandria, VA

A daughter Molly was born in March 1971, and a son Mike was born in February 1972. Marie became a full-time homemaker, taking loving care of the family. In 1978, when her husband Ralph took a job in Minnesota, the entire family took on this new adventure. Marie was active with the school and Church, and the family lived there for 16 years.

She returned to Arlington, VA, in 1994 to be closer to her children who had moved to the East Coast. Marie came out of retirement and worked two years for Fairfax County as a case aide (at the age of 67!) helping children in foster care. After moving for a few years to Raleigh, NC, Marie and Ralph returned to Arlington in 2001 where they bought a condo just blocks away from where they had started out 47 Years earlier.

A new adventure started when she joined her husband living in Romania for several months, then in 2002 traveled to Montenegro and lived there four years with husband Ralph. They enjoyed traveling throughout Eastern Europe, her favorite place being Budapest, which they visited several times. She returned back to the States when the first grandson was born. She actively helped raise Molly's two sons and spent as much time as she could with Mike's sons. Marie enjoyed taking long train trips with her husband. One of her favorite trips was summer of 2016, when they crossed Canada with a first class sleeping car, wonderful food and incredible views.

Marie was a strong, quiet presence. Never one to seek the spotlight, she was a beautiful, gentle soul. She had an artistic eye and a beautiful voice. She was the steady hand keeping her husband and family on track. She had a dry wit which everyone loved. She had a sweet-tooth and never met a piece of chocolate she didn't like.

Marie enjoyed 87 years of excellent health and was able to enjoy all aspects of a vibrant life. Only this past year, when she was diagnosed with oral cancer, did her health falter. Through it all she remained strong. She was ready to be embraced in the arms of the Lord, and passed away peacefully at surrounded by her family.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 4, 2018


Marie Angela Marlatt

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Linda (Kiszonas) Cooper

April 15, 2020

I knew Marie as Sister Marie Bernice when she was my 3rd grade teacher in Dixon, IL. in the 1950s, and have never forgotten her.

I've been searching for her for many years, and I'm so happy to learn of her full, happy life with her loving husband, children, and grandchildren. She was the warmest, sweetest, most gentle person I've ever known--an angel in my eyes.

Nancy McKenzie

January 5, 2018

I am so sad about the loss of our dear Aunt Marie. She has been such an important person in my life (my mother's sister) and we will miss her very much. I am in Naples, Florida so very sorry to not be there today. You are in my prayers and may you find peace that she is in a better place. Love, Nancy Dwyer McKenzie

January 3, 2018

Ralph & Family: My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Marie sounds like beautiful and loving person.
Shalom! Ron Asafaylo

Walter Alexander

January 3, 2018

I am sorry for the loss, peace and love be with your family.


January 3, 2018

Dear Molly I'm so sorry. It's a bit extra to lose someone during the holiday season. I lost a parent during the holidays as well. Let us pray for preparation when the season comes upon us again. And be at peace that they suffer no more.

Shannon Petersen

January 2, 2018

Mr. Marlatt, Molly, & Mike,
Peace be with you. I was sad to learn of Mrs. Marlatt's death today, but hope you find comfort in the faith she quietly displayed to all of us. I have such wonderful memories of all of you, and recall Mrs. Marlatt's kind and quiet presence (and sweet treats) whenever we were at your house. While I can only imagine that this is a very sad time for your family, I hope it is also filled with joy and love.


Frank Becker

January 1, 2018

I am sorry for the family loss.

Pat Abeyta

January 1, 2018

Ralph, I always enjoyed encountering you and Marie in the garage, elevator, lobby, or outside our building enjoying being outdoors. You were a lovely, very clearly devoted couple, and I always admired the sense of kindness and peace that emanated from you. How fortunate you were to have found each other and had so many wonderful years together.

January 1, 2018

Dear Ralph, deep condolences from your Montenegrin friends Petar, Darko, Dragana and Marina. Marie was a special person and so perfect for you! We are thinking of you and your family in this difficult time


January 1, 2018

Im sorry for your loss. My Warmest Condolences go out to the family and friends of Marie. May you find Comport from the encouraging words found at 1 Thessalonians 4:14