Marna Lilliedale Becker

Marna Lilliedale Becker, 83, activist, feminist, amateur John Brown historian, Akron-phile and renegade gardener, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Her interests and activisim were wide ranging and pursued with passion. A short list of her activism interests included work with the National Organization for Women, League of Women Voters, Friends of the Crooked River, Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, Summit County Historical Society, National Women’s Political Caucus, the Sierra Club, the American Association of University Women … this list could go on and on.

She was a 1964 graduate of Heidelberg College with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physical sciences. Her employment outside of the home included work with the United Mine Workers, the Census Bureau and the Department of Defense.

She took the most pleasure in her family as granddaughter of Edward and Docia (Barnett) Lilliedale; daughter of Merwin and Mamie (Paugh) Lilliedale; sister of Wilma (Lilliedale) Phelan; mom of Laralee, Craig (Tina) and Warren (Molly); Grammie Akron to Amber (boyfriend Mike), Sam, Sophie, Ian, Andrew, Hannah, Elijah, Sarah and Noah; great-grandma to Amara, Armani, Aaliyah, and Kendra; and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Marna worked to make a contribution for a better world. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Her life will be celebrated with a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 765 Thayer St., Akron.

Donation to the Preservation of the Abolitionist Movement Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, the Summit County Historical Society or Friends of the Crooked River is a fitting memorial.

Adams Mason Funeral Home and Crematory, (330) 535-9186, is handling arrangements.