Dr. Marilyn Louise Ditty

Dr. Marilyn Louise Ditty

October 06, 1940 - October 31, 2021
Mission Viejo CA

Dr. Marilyn Louise Ditty

October 06, 1940 - October 31, 2021
Mission Viejo CA


Dr. Marilyn Ditty

1940 – 2021

On October 31, 2021, Dr. Marilyn Ditty, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Teacher and Friend passed away peacefully at the age of 81. Marilyn was an amazing woman who has made an impact on countless lives. In the late 1970’s Marilyn received her master’s degree from the University of San Diego when the aging field was in its pioneering stage and then pursued post- graduate studies at the University of Southern California, School of Gerontology. She then continued her journey of education by receiving her Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. She went on to serve on various advisory boards and as an associate professor.

Marilyn is extensively known for her distinguished work in the field of gerontology and dedicated her career to educate and advocate for older adults on the local, state, federal and international level. Most importantly, was the founder emeritus of Age Well Senior Services, Inc. and served as its CEO for over 40 years. Her work paved the way for Senior Services in Orange County, CA. as her devotion to improve the welfare of older adults established community- based care for the aging community. Among her many accolades, she received the coveted SAGE Award (Senior Achievement and General Excellence) from the Senior Housing Council and honored at a nationwide tribute to caregivers by Marriot Senior Living Services. She is best known for establishing an excellent model for community-based care for seniors which has served over 85,000 older adults in Orange County.

Marilyn was the most determined, passionate, generous and visionary woman many of us will ever know. She taught us respect, courage, commitment and perseverance. Each person she touched now carries her great influence and inspiration, and all that knew Dr. Ditty will miss her dearly.  She will always be loved and appreciated by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Ditty family.

The Ditty family will be honoring Dr. Marilyn Ditty and holding a Celebration of Life in her memory during the 2022 year.

A Celebration of Life for Marilyn Ditty will be on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 2:00pm at the Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Hills.  Flowers may be sent directly there and all are welcome to attend.


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: June 18, 2022 (2:00 PM)
  • Venue: Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center
  • Location: 23721 Moulton Pkwy Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)

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5 responses to Dr. Marilyn Louise Ditty

  1. I am shocked and saddened to hear about Marilyn’s passing.
    Please put my name on the list for the the day of her memorial service.
    I feel so bad that I haven’t visited her for months.

  2. Marilyn was a wonderful lady with the biggest heart. Working under her was such a blessing. My time at Age Well will always be fondly remembered. She will be missed but remembered for the good she did for those she cared for.

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