Magazine article Parks & Recreation

In Memory

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

In Memory

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Marjorie Mahaffey Smith, 88, an NRPA trustee from 1985 to 1993 and a past president of the Citizen-Board Member branch, died January 24, 1999, in her hometown of Ocala, Fla. In addition to her role with the National Recreation and Park Association, she was crucial to the formation of Florida's system of state parks.

"Marge made such a difference in parks and recreation in this nation," said Fran Mainella, NRPA past president and director of Florida's Division of Recreation and Parks, speaking at Smith's funeral. "She specifically helped Florida state parks with bringing forth six new parks while she served on the Board of Parks and Historical Memorials, from 1961 to 1965, as chair, vice chair, and secretary. She was a pioneer in parks and recreation and was viewed as an environmentalist and a conservationist. Marge was the highlighted honoree at the 60th anniversary of Florida state parks in 1995. She exemplified citizen involvement, not only in Florida, but across the nation. …

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