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Jilma A. Marshall December 19, 1925 - May 3, 2012 A native San Franciscan and proud veteran, Jilma was taken from us suddenly and too soon by her heart condition. Feisty, provocative and charming, she was a true renaissance woman: Sgt. Major in the U.S. Army (active and reserves), anthropologist, archer, bookbinder, Senior Olympics gold medalist, staunch union member, fisherwoman, devoted reader and library lover, musician, foodie and citizen of the world. Jilma was preceded in death by her Jamaican American mother, Alberta E. Marshall, her Colombian-American father, Roberto Feliciano Marichel (Marshall) and her brother, Roberto Alejandro Marshall. She is survived by her brother Juan Pablo Marshall; her nieces and nephews, Leti Paula Marshall, Donnell Martin Marshall, Danyelle Yvette Marshall and her children Lamar M. de P. Marshall-Randall and Ylana A. D. Lewis as well as Kenton Armon Marshall and his children Khateeb Marshall and Kareemah Marshall. She will be deeply missed by her family, Alamo Square neighbors, SF State Library co-workers, and a broad spectrum of friends and associates from all over the region and the nation. If there was an association, she joined it; if a charity helped the disadvantaged, she donated; if it had an organizational meeting or need a volunteer, she was there. Jilma graduated from Mission High School and San Francisco State University, was a founding member of the Daughters of Bilitis, and belonged to a variety of veteran's organizations including the Women's Overseas Service League and the National Association of Black Military Women. She continued to be an active member of local gun and archery clubs and traveled to distant meetings until quite recently. Some know her only from her rusty, big 1963 blue-green Ford Country Squire Wagon covered in assertive political and feminist bumper stickers. In her memory, Jilma would ask you to contribute time or money to an organization improving the world and to listen to KALW radio and Jim Hightower, her favorite pundit. A celebration of her life will be held on June 3rd. For details, email [email protected] or leave a message at 415-585-3674.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 26 to June 2, 2012
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