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April 26, 2014

Marna La Shawn German

July 28, 1956 - April 1, 2014

ANDERSON — Marna La Shawn German, 57, resident of Anderson, passed away April 1, 2014, in Austin, Texas, after an extended illness.

She was born July 28, 1956, in Marion, to the parents of John B. German and Jacquelyn P. Stewart German.

She attended Anderson Community Schools and graduated from Anderson Senior High School in 1974. After high school, she began her career at General Motors and remained until her retirement after 24 years of service. While working, she continued her education and attended Concordia University and graduated with a degree in accounting. She also became a Certified Massage Therapist from Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics.

Marna was a dedicated and caring public servant at heart. She attended New Hope United Methodist Church. She was member of Olive Chapter #26 Order of the Eastern Star where she served as past Worthy Matron and secretary. She was a life member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club (NACWC). She was Vice President of the Central Regional Association of Colored Women’s Club. She served as the state president of the Indiana Federation of Colored Women’s Club and was a founding member of Women of Distinction. She also served as treasurer for the organization. She was a member of the NAACP.

Marna was very passionate about education and took joy in mentoring and tutoring youth and children.

She is survived by her parents, father, John B. German and mother, Jacquelyn P. Stewart German, Anderson; son, Justin (Hope) German, Austin, Texas; four sisters, Tanya (Rodney) Hudson, Montgomery Village, Md., Natasha (Michael) Edwards, Anderson, Elena Wise, Indianapolis, and Jacquelyn German, Houston, Texas; three nephews, Michael A. Edwards II, Bethlehem, Pa., Shannon C. Wise, Indianapolis, and Ryan Hudson, Montgomery Village, Md.; a niece, Morgan A. Edwards, Washington, D.C.; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is also survived by her fiancé, Sylvester Steen; and dear friends, Alesia Harris, Vanessa Dishman and LaToya Dickerson.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at New Hope United Methodist Church, 1503 Rev. J.T. Menifee St., Anderson.

Instead of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to New Hope United Methodist Church.

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