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Full Text of HR0156  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Marcia
4Robinson Blair of Chicago, who passed away on March 10, 2021;
6    WHEREAS, Marcia Blair was born in Chicago to Roosevelt and
7Frances Robinson on October 7, 1947; she grew up on the south
8side of Chicago, where she attended Doolittle Elementary
9School and later graduated from Harlan High School; she
10attended Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, where
11she was initiated into the Beta Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa
12Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1968; she married Frank L.
13Blair Jr. on October 5, 1968; she earned her Bachelor of Arts
14in Education in 1969; alongside her husband, she settled in
15Chicago after graduation; they had one child, Marla, in 1971;
16she later earned a master's degree from Governors State
17University; and
18    WHEREAS, A talented educator, Marcia Blair served in the
19Chicago Public School system for over 35 years; she worked at
20several schools, including Dunne Elementary School and Robert
21Healy Elementary School; she retired from Robert A. Black
22Magnet Elementary School in 2005; and



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1    WHEREAS, Marcia Blair was a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa
2Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; she was a longtime member of the
3Theta Omega chapter in Chicago; she celebrated 50 years as a
4Golden Soror in 2018; she was committed to the sorority's
5sisterhood and scholarship; she was proud to have a continued
6family legacy of sisterhood and service with her daughter,
7sisters, and several nieces also initiated into the sorority;
8she worked together with her daughter in the sorority, and
9they enjoyed spending this time together; and
10    WHEREAS, Marcia Blair was committed to her faith and was
11baptized as a child at Gammon United Methodist Church; she was
12a member of the South Shore United Methodist Church, where she
13served as a member of the United Methodist Women, the Pastor
14Parish Relations Committee, the October Birthday Club, and the
15Women's Day Chorus; she also enjoyed organizing social outings
16with church members, which included many plays, musicals, and
17good conversations; and
18    WHEREAS, Marcia Blair was affectionately known as "Dottie"
19to family and friends and "Nana" to her grandchildren; she
20found great joy in traveling with her extended family in her
21retirement; she took annual vacations with Marla and Zion, and
22they most recently visited Havana, Cuba; and
23    WHEREAS, Marcia Blair was preceded in death by her



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1husband, Frank; her parents; and her siblings, Margell,
2Lamont, Deborah, and Lawrence; and
3    WHEREAS, Marcia Blair is survived by her daughter, Marla
4Blair-Hohenkirk (David); her grandsons, Zion and Xavier; her
5sisters, Mary Hughes and Delores Jackson (Robert); her
6sisters-in-law, Mary Robinson and Cynthia Ann Blair Ricks;
7generations of nieces and nephews; a host of cousins; and many
8lifelong and recent friends; therefore, be it
11we mourn the passing of Marcia Robinson Blair and extend our
12sincere condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew
13and loved her; and be it further
14    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
15presented to the family of Marcia Blair as an expression of our
16deepest sympathy.