Marion Ogden Roma

Published 12:53 am Sunday, June 4, 2017


ROME, Italy — Marion Davis Ogden Roma, 78, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at her home in Rome, Italy, surrounded by her beloved sons.

Mrs. Roma was born Nov. 9, 1938, in Panama City, Panama, the daughter of James N. Ogden Sr. and Ana Hercilia Vega. They lived in Panama City until 1951, when the family moved to Natchez. The move brought them back to her parental family home. They were members of St. Mary Basilica.

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She was a 1956 graduate of Natchez High School and attended Mississippi State College for Women before becoming a flight attendant with PanAmerican World Airlines. The years of world-wide travel brought her much pleasure, and the highlight being when she met the handsome and charming young Italian economist and entrepreneur who would become her husband and father of their three sons. In their early years, they lived in Nassau, Bahamas, and New Orleans, before making the decision to return to Rome to live and raise their family.

Mrs. Roma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Francesco Roma; two brothers, James N. Ogden Jr. and Robert N. Ogden Sr.; and one sister, Gladys Ogden Malroux.

Survivors include three sons, Franco “Paco” Roma and wife, Sandra, and their children, Madeleine, Francesco, Giorgio and Scarlett L. of Paris, France, Robert “Tino” Roma and wife, Emily, and their son, Matthew, of San Diego, and Gianluca Roma and wife, Tingwei, and their daughter, Annalisa, of San Francisco; and a large number of extended family, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

As to her wishes, her ashes will be distributed in Natchez, Rome and Panama.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Ogden Jr., Stacy Stedman Holloway, Roger Ogden, Denise Ogden Nelson, Christopher Ogden, Elise Ogden, Hunter Ogden and her sons.

Memorial donations may be made in her honor to any humanitarian non-profit and will be greatly appreciated. Acknowledgements may be sent to to be forwarded.