Marley Yott

Marley Yott

Thursday, July 6th, 1995 - Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
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Written by Sabrina Yott

Marley Yott
July 6, 1995 - June 3, 2020

My sibling Marley passed away unexpectedly on June 3rd in their university town of Guelph. Marley was only here on earth for a short time, but lived every moment of their life to the fullest. Beloved by parents Penelope and Brian Yott, their sister Sabrina Yott, godfather and uncle James Yott, grandparents Maraget and Ken Yott, extended family, friends and by partners Finch Livesley and Sarah Sheffe. Marley was a pillar of the LGBTQ+ community in Guelph and was loved by many. Marley was especially known in the transgender community and with ARCH as a selfless and supportive leader. I remember Marley saying once, “Ya I’m transgender, but there are so many things that are more interesting about me!” That couldn’t be truer of my sibling.

Marley loved to sing and their experiences with the Oakville Children’s Choir, the Rainbow Chorus and the Guelph Chamber Choir made them extremely happy. Anyone who had the pleasure of watching Marley sing knows what I’m talking about. Marley traveled extensively with these choirs, competing in choral competitions in far reaching locations from Calgary to Argentina, Greece and Italy. Marley also cherished all of nature and enjoyed tending the garden hiking, canoeing and all animals. Marley loved being active, either alone or with friends, and developed a passion for wood burning, wood carving and knitting.

I cannot sum up Marley’s life in a few short words but their kind heart and gentle soul will be remembered and missed greatly.

We are also dedicating a Maple Tree in the Royal Botanical Gardens (Arboretum 990137 A) as a public location to visit and remember Marley.

Written by Penelope Yott

Yott, Marley Lennox (born Marissa Lenore) (July 6, 1995-June 3, 2020) Suddenly at home in Guelph. Remembered fondly by: father, Brian, mother, Penelope (Morgan), sibling, Sabrina and husband, Chris Russell; grandparents, Ken and Margaret Yott of Chatham; extended family and many friends. Graduated University of Guelph, Nelson H.S., Beaudoin P.S., Pineland P.S., Absorbent Minds Preschool. Belonged to: Guelph Chamber Choir, Rainbow Chorus, Oakville Children’s Choir; ARCH (Guelph); St. Christopher’s Anglican Church Burlington; LGBTQ community; employed: Beertown Guelph as prep cook; previously, Cargill Meat Packing. Enjoyed: weightlifting, biking, fencing, gardening, wood carving, wood burning, cooking, hiking, music, singing, alto sax, reading, nature, pets/animals, travel, games, conversation, people. Cremated. Memorial service to follow: see Smith’s Funeral Home, Burlington.

Donations in memory of Marley can be made to:

HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH)

Rainbow Chorus Waterloo-Wellington

St. Christopher's Anglican Church Burlington

Guelph Chamber Choir

Oakville Children's Choir

Or a registered charity of your choice

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    St. Christopher's Anglican Church
    662 Guelph Line
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    Marley Yott's celebration of life is postponed as St. Christopher's Anglican Church in Burlington is still undergoing Covid-19 re-opening procedures. We are now looking at early/mid October for an indoor/outdoor ceremony but we do not have a concrete date yet.
    St. Christopher’s is an LGBTQ+ inclusive space where Marley grew up and all are welcome to join our indoor/outdoor service. There will also be a live stream for those unable to attend in person. Please check back for more details as they become available.

    Directions to Marley’s Memorial Tree Marley’s Memorial Tree is located in the Royal Botanical Gardens. Park in the Arboretum Parking lot at 16 Old Guelph Road Hamilton. Parking fees may apply. General Admission is required for May and June. The GPS coordinates for Marley’s tree are roughly 43°17'01.0"N 79°54'26.1"W (copy and paste these coordinates into your mapping app) The tree is a Maple called Pacific Sunset at the end of a row of maples. The tree is on a small hill. There is a small black tag on the north side of the tree at roughly eye level with Marley’s name on it. If you run into the trail, you’ve gone too far.


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Private Condolence

Evelyn Newland

Posted at 10:24pm
I don't know if I'd be where I am today without Marley's support and encouragement - I'd certainly be worse off. This all came out of nowhere, and still doesn't feel real. They live on in our memories.


Posted at 04:32pm
Memories of Marley

I gleaned the words for this collage from your condolences, comments and conversations. I hope your
Marley is reflected in it. Penelope

Cathy Misener

Posted at 12:45pm
Sorry to hear of Marleys passing. May memories help to comfort you.
Sincerely , Cathy (Judd) Misener

Carolyn Henderson

Posted at 10:23pm
I was saddened to hear of Marley's passing and my heart goes out to Marley's family and friends. May the many warm memories you share provide comfort like a rainbow peeking out after a rain storm.
Carolyn Henderson

Janice Lancaster

Posted at 10:28am
“One life lived, Many lives touched”

I am so very sorry to learn of Marley’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Marley’s family and friends.
With Much Love
Cousin Janice

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