After meeting by chance during acting classes in 1980, Markie and producer Michael A. Ross began dating, per Meaww. Michael now works as a producer and television writer, credited with contributing to hits such as Better Off Ted, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and The Trouble with Normal.
The couple were married on Feb. 7, 1982. They share two daughters, Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn, as well as one granddaughter.
Markie’s impact transcended the work she did on television, as she was deeply cared for by those who were closest to her in life. After the news of her death was revealed, the star’s relatives shared their thoughts and mourned the loss of the loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
The family explained in their statement (per the Associated Press) that “our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world.”