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Jean Maryborn, 78, of Sandpoint, Idaho, formerly Jean Marshall of Norwell, Mass., died Dec. 20, 2012, in Spokane, Wash., after a brief illness. She was born Jean Wright Dunbar, April 17, 1934, in Providence, R.I. Throughout her life Jean was committed to sustainability practices for the planet (before the word was coined) and justice for all. She participated in dozens of non-profit groups, including Quaker Friends, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Beyond War, Union of Concerned Scientists and 350.org. She was especially committed to her work as a National Vice-Chair in the Alliance for Democracy and as Peace and Social Justice Coordinator for the Southeast Region of the United Congregational Churches of Massachusetts. She traveled to Nicaragua with Witness for Peace, and participated in multiple non-violent civil disobedience events. Jean taught her family to love in a big way and extend kindness to all. She was a surrogate mother to her sisters children and grandmother to their children for over 30 years. Her homes became nature sanctuaries under her care. She taught her family the names of stars, birds and flowers and to treasure them all. She was in her element in her gardens, attending the symphony, at grandchildrens events, and in her activism. She also loved sailing, wilderness canoe trips and swimming. At age 71, she completed a 1.75-mile open water swim. Jean grew up in Concord, Mass., where she attended Concord Academy. She later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College. She married Douglas Marshall, Oct. 7, 1956. They made their home in Norwell, Mass., and later divorced. Jean then chose Maryborn as her last name in honor of her mother, Mary Dunbar. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Mary Dunbar; her sister, Martha Greene; and her nephew, Brad Greene. She is survived by brother, Arthur Dunbar Jr.; daughters, Elizabeth, Cindy and Kim Marshall and her partner Rod Barcklay; son-in-law, Eric Schmidt; former sons-in law, Michael Welp and Bill Vaughan; grandchildren, Aubrey, Jonah and Micah Vaughan, Anna and Claire Schmidt, Lydia and Nina Welp, Cheryl, Rick and Leslie Greene, and their children and grandchildren; and Brad Greenes children and grandchildren. She also cherished vibrant friendships across the country. A celebration of Jeans life will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2012, 11 a.m. at the Community Hall, 204 S. 1st. Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho. Bring your favorite Jean story; there will an opportunity to speak in her service. Optional potluck lunch to follow. Appetizers and beverages provided. There will be a service at the Congregational Church in Norwell, Mass., later in the year. Details to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Jean by nurturing your kindness and generosity. If desired, donations may be made to www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org.

Published in The Patriot Ledger on Dec. 29, 2012
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