Marita Soltis passed away on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, surrounded by loving siblings in hospice care at home in Harbor.

Marita moved to Harbor in February 2016 with her sister Gina Soltis and brother-in-law Ray Gary. Marita loved the southern Oregon coast and the community she found in the Brookings-Harbor area.

Marita was the youngest of seven children of John G. Soltis and Julia R. Soltis of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She loved hugs, sports, animals, natural places, doing needlepoint and crocheting. Marita earned two black belts by age 16 in Shotokan Karate and Pai Lum Kung Fu. She took first place in an international women’s tournament emceed by Mohamed Ali in 1972, before graduating from Liberty High School in 1973.

At age 17, she moved to Los Angeles and attended computer school. A member of the IT vanguard, by 19 she was flying around the country setting up some of the first commercial business mini computer networks for businesses and the military. Her IT career came to a halt with the onset of brain cancer in 1979. After conventional treatment, she pursued alternative therapies and an active, holistic lifestyle, beating the odds many times. She later studied massage at the Edgar Cayce Institute, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Through the years she enjoyed frequent stays at Gina’s Healy, Alaska homestead. She had also lived in San Diego, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Tucson Arizona.

Marita is survived by siblings Mary Ann Soltis and spouse, Bob Burgholzer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; sisters, Loretta Soltis MSBT of Philadelphia, Bernadette Soltis of Downingtown, Pennsylvania and spouse Mike Hardiman and their children Sebastian Soltis-Hardiman and Olivia Hardiman-Soltis; Gina Soltis and spouse Ray Gary; Grace Soltis and spouse Jim Brennan and their daughter Nikita Brennan, Jack Soltis; of Satellite Beach Florida and his son John A. Soltis.

Marita’s beloved cat Silver lay with her until her last breath.

She was a vocal advocate of women’s rights and environmental conservation and had a special fondness for the LGBT community. Marita will be fondly remembered for her determination, wit and humor.

In memoriam — Marita’s last wish was for everyone to read the Edgar Cayce book “Beyond Death.” Marita was very concerned about the Earth’s future.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to the Nature Conservancy https://www.nature.org/ or to the South Coast Humane Society in Brookings http://southcoasthumane.net.

Submitted by the family.

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