Hard-working councillor and former columnist dies at 93

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A FORMER councillor who was well-known in the Emsworth and Southbourne community has died.

Mary Marrs died last Friday. She was 93.

Mary moved to Prinsted in the early 1960s and soon embroiled herself into local life, especially in sailing.

By the middle of the 1960s, she took an active role in junior sail training at Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club.

Later in life, Mary and her family became members of Hayling Island Sailing Club.

In the 1980s she started writing articles relating to planning issues for the then Portsmouth Evening News.

She became a district councillor for Southbourne in 1989 and served until 2010. In 1977, Mary was a founder member of Southbourne Age Concern Centre. In 2009, when she stepped down as leader, she became their honorary lifetime president.

Mary had been a long-time supporter of Bourne Community College. She is survived by son David Marrs and grandson William Marrs. The funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium on Tuesday, February 4 at 2.45pm.