Marifrank DaHarb, age 73, of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on Monday morning April 27, 2020, losing her battle with lung cancer while under Hospice Care at the home of her friend, Liz Thurston. Those who knew Marifrank will remember her as a warm-hearted and kind soul, loyal friend and beloved family member. She was always active and generous to the community of Roswell.
Born as Marifrank DaHarb on September 23, 1946, in Houston, Texas, to Frank Ewing DaHarb and Naoma Marie Anderson DaHarb, both of whom predeceased her. Her early years were spent in Houston, completing grade school at Will Rogers Elementary School.
In September of 1957, she accompanied her parents and siblings during the family relocation to Roswell, where she resided at 813 N. Washington. Temporarily relocating to Plainview, Texas, she graduated in 1964 from Plainview High School.
Marifrank accompanied her family with their relocation to Naperville, Illinois in the mid-1960s where she earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from North Central College in that city.
Marifrank began her Bell System employment with the new Indian Hill Bell Laboratories in Naperville where she worked in Human Relations and Public Affairs. She was later transferred to Western Electric in Chicago, Illinois where she worked in the public information department. During her tenure at Western Electric, Marifrank was awarded the prestigious Golden Trumpet award in Chicago for her efforts in public relations.
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In 1977, Marifrank’s brother sponsored her and their mother for a visit to Beijing, China where he was assigned to the U.S. Liaison Office. Based on this visit to China, she developed a presentation about the People’s Republic of China that was at that time a relatively unknown country to most Americans. She subsequently gave the presentation to many audiences in the greater Chicago area.
Unwilling to relocate to a Western Electric facility in New Jersey, Marifrank and her mother decided to depart Naperville and move back to Roswell in the early 1990s. Once they were settled in Roswell, they established a small needlework business on Main Street. Closing her business, Marifrank joined the Roswell Daily Record as the Vistas Editor and later became the paper’s managing editor.
Leaving the paper, she became the director of the Senior Circle at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where she increased membership from 123 to 5,000 during her 20-year tenure. Marifrank gave extensively of both her time and talents to the Roswell community with her most recent involvement as a member of Roswell’s Commission on Aging. Marifrank was also a great lover of animals.
She will be missed by her family, many friends, and others whose lives she touched. She is survived by her brother, Darryl D. DaHarb (Karin) of Springfield, Virginia.; and a sister, Randhi A. Hesse (Richard) of Roswell. She is also survived by nieces, Diana M. DaHarb Pangonis of Warwick, Rhode Island; Liisa K. DaHarb Thorne, of Burke, Virginia; Marni Chierici and Michael Chierici of Roswell; and cousins Reece Blake and Tom Blake (Marina) of Roswell. She is also the beloved great-aunt of many grand-nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Anderson Bethany Funeral Home in Roswell, and a memorial service will be announced at a future place and time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roswell Humane Society.