OAK HILL, W.Va. (AP) - Marian McQuade, who convinced governors, Congress and then-President Jimmy Carter to set aside a special day to honor grandparents, has died. She was 91.
McQuade died Friday morning from heart failure, her granddaughter Erin McQuade Kennedy said.
Born in 1917 in Caperton, McQuade started working on senior issues in 1956 when she helped organize an event honoring West Virginia's octogenarians. She served as vice-chairwoman of the West Virginia Commission on Aging and was appointed to the Nursing Home Licensing Board.
McQuade, a mother of 15, grandmother of 43 and great-grandmother to 15, launched her campaign to honor grandparents in 1970.
West Virginia was the first state to recognize grandparents in 1973. She petitioned the rest of the nation's governors and Congress to set aside the day. In 1978, Carter signed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as Grandparents Day.
On the 10th anniversary of Grandparents Day, the Postal Service issued a commemorative envelope bearing McQuade's likeness.
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Published by Morning Call on Sep. 26, 2008.