obit: Ann Armstrong Marek
Mrs. Ann Marek, a longtime Fort Worth civic activist, died Thursday of natural causes. She was 75.
Mrs. Marek had a passion for causes that benefited the communities she called home, and had struggled with multiple sclerosis since 1986.
She lived in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth for 26 years and 13 years in the Meadowbrook area before moving to Georgetown in Central Texas.
Top among Mrs. Marek's concerns in the early 1970s were coordinating youth services and urging the county to integrate its children's home. She helped raise several foster children.
During that decade, Mrs. Marek also pushed for single-member districts and ran for city council and a seat on the Commissioners Court. Friends said although Mrs. Marek didn't win, she helped open doors for women.
A staunch Democrat, Mrs. Marek directed Jimmy Carter's presidential bid in Tarrant County in 1976.
Survivors include daughters Besty West of Davie, Fla., and Melissa Wheeler of Round Rock, Texas. Mrs. Marek is preceded in death by a son, Andrew Marek, and parents, Betty Armstrong Bowen and Andrew Armstrong.
Memorial services are pending.
Published in Star-Telegram on December 30, 2010