Marcia L. Brown, 82, of Rochester, died peacefully on Aug. 3, 2019, at Charter House in Rochester.
Marcia Lois Yoder was born Aug. 5, 1936, to William and Eleanor Yoder in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from John Marshall High School in Cleveland and earned a B.A. in Sociology from Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
Marcia worked for the Northeast Cleveland YMCA and the Lakewood Ohio YMCA, where she met her husband, Gilbert W. "Gil" Brown. The two later lived and worked in Elyria, Ohio; Huntington, N.Y.; and Richmond, Va. In each community, Mr. Brown worked for the United Way, and both he and Marcia were avid community volunteers. They moved to Rochester in 1975, where Gil served as executive director of the United Way of Olmsted County until his retirement in 1990; he died in 2008.
Marcia worked for Mayo Clinic as a technician in the Laboratory Sciences Department for more than 20 years, retiring in 2000. After her retirement, she served in Mayo's Senior Sages Program, which pairs Mayo medical students with local seniors, to help the students learn about the aging process.
Throughout her life, Marcia was a committed volunteer who sought to improve her community through service. She was a member of the League of Women Voters (LWV) for over 50 years, serving in a variety of leadership positions for the Rochester LWV (including president) over a 15-year period. Marcia frequently spoke to church and community groups on the power of registering and voting. She was one of the founders of the Rochester/Olmsted County Community Housing Partnership. Marcia served as board member and president of the Rochester Women's Shelter. She was also a member of the civic committee that assembled Rochester's successful application for All American City status, a designation that the city received in 1988.
Marcia's underlying commitment to community service stemmed from her longtime faith. During her years in Rochester, she was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, serving as a lay leader, choir member, Sunday school teacher and confirmation program advisor.
Marcia is survived by two children, G. Mark Brown (California) and Kristen Brown Popper (Massachusetts); two honorary children, Hossein Jalali (Minnesota) and Suikja Jalali (Minnesota); and six grandchildren. She is also survived by five siblings, Wilson Yoder (Ohio), Jerry Yoder (Florida), Robert Yoder (North Carolina), Dorthea Yoder (New York), and David Yoder (Nevada).
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Rochester Women's Shelter or the Rochester League of Women Voters.
Arrangements for a future memorial service are pending.