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Martha M. (McDowell) Urban

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Martha M. (McDowell) Urban Obituary
Urban, Martha M. (nee McDowell) passed away on February 10 at 87. She was born May 21, 1925 to Dr. Roy and Myrtle McDowell of Sharon, PA and attended Sharon public schools. Martha received her bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University in 1947. In June 1947 she married Alfred Urban of Dorchester, MA and they spent their married life in Evanston and Winnetka, IL. and upon retirement, in Starlake, WI. After Fred's death in 1999, Martha joined the independent-living community Lasell Village of Newton, MA. She is survived by her children, Guy and his wife, Charlyn Bethell, of Watertown, MA, Jane and her husband, Mark Dannenhauer, of Shutesbury, MA and John of Evanston, IL; and her sister-in-law, Frances Van Kleeck of Rehobeth Beach, DE. She will be greatly missed by grandchildren, Cody and Amy Urban and Rafer Dannenhauer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. At the time of her death, she belonged to the First Parish Unitarian of Watertown, MA. While on the North Shore, she and Fred belonged to the Unitarian Church of Evanston and were founding members of the Lake Shore Unitarian Universalist Society. They also helped start the Northwoods UU Fellowship of Woodruff, WI. Martha spent her career as an editor and writer; she worked in the textbook division of Rand McNally of Skokie, on professional journals including "Firechief," and freelanced as Urban Editorial Services. She was a founding member of Chicago Women in Publishing and the Assoc. of Women in Communications. In the 1960's she was the office manager of the New Trier Township Democratic Committee; throughout her life she was active in local Democratic Party politics, the League of Women Voters and worked for peace and justice issues. She loved classical music, walking, swimming, and discussing books, ideas and current events. We will celebrate her life on Saturday, April 6, 2:00pm at the First Parish Unitarian of Watertown. Memorial donations can be made to the First Parish Piano Restoration Fund, 35 Church St., Watertown, MA 02472; or to the Thornton & Naumes Mesothelioma Housing Fund at Brigham & Women's Hospital, 116 Huntington Ave., 5th Fl, Boston, MA 02116. To contact the family, please email us:
Published in Evanston Review from Mar. 28 to Apr. 3, 2013
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