|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1927|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 2007|
Born March 1, 1927, in Liberty, NC, Lena Marley passed away June 17, 2007 in Miami, FL, after a brief illness.
Lena was an alumnus of Duke University and the University of North Carolina. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society with a double major in English and chemistry. She did master level studies in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Lena married Willard McCoy Marley in 1947. "Marley" owned the Porthole, a well-known restaurant on the campus of UNC at Chapel Hill, and the Book Exchange, at one time one of the largest book stores in North America, in Durham. Lena and Marley had two children, Frances Feinberg and Bruce Marley, both residents of Miami Shores, Fla.
For many years, Lena was an active community leader in Durham, serving over 12 years on the Durham County Board of Education. She was John F. Kennedy's chairman of his presidential campaign for the state of North Carolina. After her political career, she became a licensed real estate broker and briefly ran the Porthole Restaurant after the death of co-owner Morris Timmons.
Lena traveled the world after Marley's death in 1988, going to Russia, Antarctica and many places in Europe. Her son, Bruce, lived in Europe for almost 15 years and she and daughter, Frances (Fran) visited him and his wife, Ruth, in Belgium and Malta.
Lena moved to Miami in 1997 to be close to Fran and her family. She was a resident at The Palace in Kendall where she had many dear friends.
Lena is predeceased by the love of her life, husband, W.M. Marley, and her daughter-in-law, Ruth Vella Marley of Mosta, Malta. She is survived by her loving daughter, Fran Feinberg (Howard); loving son, Bruce R. Marley (friend, Mary Montes); grandsons, Michael Feinberg, Willard Marley and Randall Marley; step grandsons, Joshua Feinberg, Joseph Feinberg and Jonathan Feinberg and seven step grandchildren.
Albert Peele Stewart (1899 - 1977)
Joy L Stewart (1904 - 1979)
Willard McCoy Marley (1906 - 1988)
Lena Orena Stewart Marley (1927 - 2007)
Jeanette S. Guthrie (1932 - 1987)*
Created by: RTerry
Record added: Jun 20, 2007
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