Georgeanne De Marco Fund for CEF
Georgeanne (Jan) De Marco was a nurse in Yreka, California, a rural town in the Northern California mountains. She worked in infection control and employee health, where she made getting shots and TB tests bearable. She also taught childbirth classes, CPR, and Weight Watchers over the years. She loved being a mentor, a teacher, always being available to help the many who sought her help, and loved to lead by example. She survived breast cancer and helped start a support group in Siskiyou County and worked on a UC Davis study on cancer survivorship in rural settings. She was an active member of Shasta Valley Rotary where she loved to help put on the annual balloon fair and read to elementary school students. She enjoyed spending time with her sorority sisters in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and volunteering with the hospital auxiliary and Madrone Hospice after retiring from Fairchild Medical Center. She loved to make things, always sewing clothes for her children and making quilts. She learned to woodwork like her father through a carving class at College of the Siskiyous. She loved pets and had dogs and cats all her life. Jan was a wonderful mother and wife and an excellent travel companion. She had beautiful, expressive eyes, which is why her mother always called her “Pansy-eyes.” She is the mother of Allison De Marco and Molly De Marco, residents of Chapel Hill and researchers at UNC-CH.