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Marcia Herz Marcia Herz, age 88 years, died at Big Bend Hospice on August 21st, 2010.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Werner Herz; daughters Monica (John) Rosner of Tallahassee and Andrea "Posy" (Hunter) Payne of Santa Monica, California; sons Michael John Herz of Tallahassee and Patrick (Anna) Herz of Highlands, North Carolina; grandchildren Lucy and Ezra Herz; sister-in-law Hannah Herz of Kew Gardens, New York; and home helper of 45 years, Ruby Dickey.  She also leaves a large "family of the heart."    Mrs. Herz was born in Bordeaux, France, of American parents, graduated from the American School in Paris and was repatriated to the United States in 1939 after the start of World War II.  She attended Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and received her B.A. with honors in 1944 from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she met her future husband.  After she spent a year in war service as an employee of the U.S. Army Air Force in Washington, D.C., the couple was married in Boulder and arrived in Tallahassee in 1949 as members of the special group of "forty-niners" who joined the Florida State University faculty that year.  She helped to organize the local chapter of the Alliance Française, was active on the Leon County Council of Education, served on the State Board recommending the adoption of foreign language high school textbooks, and taught French classes at the Tallahassee Senior Center.  She was also active in Head Start programs, Common Cause, and as an election poll-worker. A private service for the family will be held Friday.  Bevis Funeral home is handling arrangements.  A celebration of her life will be arranged in the near future. Memorial contributions may be made to The Tallahassee Senior Center (The Cornerstone Foundation) in honor of her years of service and to Big Bend Hospice, which provided such comfort in the last days.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 25, 2010
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