Joyce Marco, 90

Unitarian activist

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Joyce Marguerite Marco (nee Wall), 90, died on May 11, 2018 in Oak Park. Born on Nov. 26, 1927 in Marion, Illinois, she attended Southern Illinois University for three years, relocated to Chicago, and received her B.S. degree from Northwestern and her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Illinois Urbana. She married Allan Marco in 1960, and the family moved to Forest Park in 1965, then to Oak Park in 1976. She was a member of Third Unitarian Church and later Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oak Park. She served on the Board of Trustees of each, including one year as president. She was active in various UU councils and associations and an activist in both her work and volunteering and served as administrative director and fund developer for the Austin Peoples Action Center from 1986 until her retirement in 1994. She assisted faith communities in preparing applications for grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, participated in founding the Northwestern Community Organization in Chicago, and was a member of the West Suburban CROP coordinating team from 1997-2008. She served as delegate from Unity Temple to the OP-RF Community of Congregations and as recording secretary from 2003-2005. 

Joyce Marco is survived by her husband, Allan Marco; her sons, Jerry and Dan; and her brothers, James Byrd Wall and Fr. Sherman B. Wall. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Wall and Joyce Moyers Wall; and her sister Elizabeth Ann Wall. 

A memorial service will be held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. The family appreciates memorial gifts to the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation Oak Park, designated to its religious education program or to Faith In Place.

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