By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
4:32 PM EST, January 30, 2013
Susan Lee Marr, a legal assistant and an active volunteer, died Saturday of ovarian cancer at her home in the Arcadia-Beverly Hills neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore. She was 55.
Susan Lee Neukam was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk, where she graduated in 1976 from Patapsco High School.
She earned an associate's degree in legal studies in 1978 from what is now the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex. She later earned a bachelor's degree in the 1990s in theological studies from Maryland Bible College and Seminary.
Mrs. Marr began her legal career in 1978 when she went to work as a legal secretary for the Baltimore law firm of Weinberg & Green.
She subsequently worked for Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner, Smouse & Garbis, and was working at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes when she joined her husband's law firm, Michael E. Marr, in 1995.
Mrs. Marr, who married her husband that year, continued working until November, when she stopped because of her declining health.
Mrs. Marr was an active volunteer. When she was in her 20s and 30s, she frequently traveled to both Eastern and Western Europe as a Christian missionary.
After her marriage, she expanded her volunteer work by playing an instrumental role in raising thousands of dollars for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the University of Maryland.
Mrs. Marr was joined in her overseas missionary work by her husband, and she enjoyed learning about other cultures and sightseeing.
She also volunteered with Living Word Ministries in Cambridge, which is an outreach program for young children and adults.
A singer, she was a member of Frontline, a Christian singing group, and often traveled to Europe for performances. She also played the guitar, piano and flute.
Mrs. Marr enjoyed drawing, reading, gardening and gourmet cooking. She liked to vacation in Ocean City and Myrtle Beach, S.C. She was a lifelong Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan and more recently a Ravens fan.
She also spent three weeks each summer at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., family members said.
Mrs. Marr was a member of Greater Grace World Outreach Church, 6025 Moravia Park Drive, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Marr is survived by a stepson, Michael E. Marr Jr. of Kemah, Texas; a stepdaughter, Emily Johnson of Canton; her mother, Dorothy Neukam of Dundalk; a brother, Joseph Neukam of Dundalk; a sister, Nancy Neukam of Dundalk; and a grandson.
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