Marlene Dennis sadly passed away on September 27, 2022, at the age of 75. She graduated in the class of 1964 from Western High School in Auburn, Michigan. Well-traveled, she eventually settled herself in Tampa over 23 years ago after spending time in Texas, North Carolina, Colorado and St. Petersburg, FL.
Marlene was a hairstylist before ultimately landing in interior design, fitting for her unique personality and innate desire to beautify anything and everything in her path. Her passion for design led to a flourishing career as a Manufacturer’s Representative, eventually founding D&G Hospitality Sales Associates, a successful company that thrived for over 20 years before recently transforming into D&J Hospitality Associates.
She was committed to her career; her passion for both the industry and its art shined through all of her projects. Beloved by her clients and customers, most of whom turned friends, she and her talents were raved about. When she wasn’t tending to her work, Marlene could be found doting on her four-legged children, Love and later Dolly, whom she spoiled rotten, or working out in the gym. There wasn’t much that would keep her off the spin-bikes.
Those lucky enough to have met Marlene agree that to have known her is to have loved her and will remember her for her impeccable style, exquisite taste, remarkable southern cooking, and her inspiring, unwavering spunk. She was at her best when entertaining and enjoying good times; especially during the holidays, when she could display her home décor, complete with a Christmas Tree adorned so beautifully it was featured in regional magazines. She made everything an art, including gluten-free eating and drinking, and she truly left behind a trail of sparkle everywhere she went.
Marlene leaves behind cousins, her precious dog Dolly, neighbors, friends, and her “second” family: Silvia and Wilson Osorno, and their sons Jonathan and Joseph, and grandson Joshua, whom she loved dearly and all who loved and adored her. She will be laid to rest in Raleigh, NC at Montlawn Memorial Park next to her father Herbert Sidney Privett.