Marlene M. Magness, age 91, of Joppa, Maryland passed away on October 4, 2023. Born in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Wilhelm and Lena (Hoch) Shissler and wife of the late Lee (Smith) Magness. She continued to run the family farm, Duncale, after the death of her husband. She was a member of the Union Chapel United Methodist Church. She was active in Maryland politics and served as a member of the Republican Central Committee, and as a Harford County Election Judge. She volunteered at the Harford County Historical Society where she served as head of the Archives Committee for many years and as President of the Society for two years. She assisted in orchestrating the move of the historical society from its original location to the current former post office building in downtown Bel Air, MD. She was chosen as one of Harford County’s “Most Beautiful People” and as a “Harford County Living Treasure”.
Marlene is survived by her sons, Lee S. Magness, Jr. and John E. Magness; daughter, Kathleen E. Magness; grandchildren, Parker Magness and Jacob Magness.
Contributions may be made to Historical Society of Harford County 143 N. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014