How old is Marlee? I'm sorry to say that my best advice is one of a few things:
1. Get used to petting kitty in your sleep. (I have gotten to the point where I don't even NOTICE when I'm petting them anymore. Lol...)
2. Teach her to lay down, and sleep, instead of waking you. (Tell her "lay down" in a sweet tone, and put her body how you'd like it.) Things like that take much patience, but if you would rather sleep than pet in your sleep, you would have to give it a shot. The younger the kitty, the quicker they learn.
3. Shut your bedroom door at night, and gradually get used to her continual asking to be let in. It'll take about a month for her to get used to the transition and give up asking. Believe me, I hate
doing this with my kitties, but now that I'm married and have a 5yr old daughter, I really don't like sharing my bed with ANYONE but my husband, and need the sleep. Lol...
Hope those ideas help!
Let me know your thoughts...