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In memoriam: Marcia Marden, long-time Westside resident/volunteer

       A memorial service for Marcia Mae Marden, 62, a long-time Westside resident who died Oct. 17, was held Nov. 8 at Saint George's Anglican Church.
       She was born June 15, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the eldest daughter of Lloyd Gene and Clara Mae Campbell, moving to Colorado Springs in 1985.
       The cause of death was cardiac arrest, but Marcia had suffered from health issues most of her life, including a 50-year battle with juvenile diabetes. By
Services Nov. 8 for Marcia Marden, long-time Westside resident/volunteer
Courtesy of Chris Marden
her mid-30s, diabetic glaucoma had cost her one eye and much of the vision in the other. She also had to have a kidney removed. The effect was to limit her career in journalism and publishing.
       “But she kept fighting. She never gave up,” said Chris Marden, her husband for nearly 29 years. “She was an inspiration to all who knew her.”
       In dealing with her own kidney problems 20 years ago, a paper she wrote was published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases - a rarity, considering that she was not in the medical field, Chris said.
       She volunteered as a neighborhood watch chair for 23 years and served until her death on the citizens advisory committee for the Colorado Springs Police Department's Gold Hill Station. She also donated substantial time at Silver Key and Grace Episcopal Church, where one Christmas she baked 600 decorated cookies, Chris said.
       Marcia is also survived by her mother, who lives in Holiday, Florida; a sister, Cynthia Jean Campbell, of Ankeny, Iowa; and extended family in Iowa, Florida and California.
       According to the obiturary, Marcia's childhood was spent in the Midwest and the East, later in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Ipswich High School, Ipswich, Massachusetts, and worked in publishing and later as a print reporter for North Shore Weeklies in Ipswich. Her godparents, Floyd and Barbara Jean Cardosi, and their son Jeff played an instrumental role throughout her life.
       Note that for the Nov. 8 memorial service, the Veterans Day Parade will be going on downtown at the same time, which will affect traffic.
       In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Marcia Marden to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

Westside Pioneer/obituary
(Posted 11/6/14, updated 11/8/14; Community: In Memoriam)

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