Mary Tower Marling, 80, of Oak Park, died on Oct. 12, 2017. An active supporter of Unity Temple and Ten Thousand Villages, she was an optimist who smiled often and loved completely. Curious and playful, she lived on her own terms. Attempting to cut back on sweets, she decided to no longer eat round cookies and firmly stuck by that rule for years, despite (or maybe because of) the scarcity of square options. She liked having a sense of purpose and rarely sat idle. Her final job was as bookkeeper for the local, nonprofit Ten Thousand Villages fair trade shop, combining interests in orderly numbers and doing good. She played classical piano and was a true music lover. She was an extrovert and thrived when surrounded by people.
In lieu of flowers, she would likely suggest shopping at Ten Thousand Villages for a gift for a friend; buying a ticket to a music event; or dropping some money in the offering basket at Unity Temple to be given to charity. She was also a supporter of Smile Train and Heifer International.
A celebration of her life will be held at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. Round cookies will not be served.