Marilyn M. Pray Economic planner


Private services will take place tomorrow for Marilyn M. Pray, retired director of program planning and economic development for Prince George's County.

Mrs. Pray, of Carney, died yesterday morning at Good Samaritan Hospital after an apparent heart attack. She was 65.

A native of Iowa, the former Marilyn Madden moved to Burbank, Calif., as a child. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley in 1956 and obtained a master's degree in city and regional planning in 1958 from the same institution.

Mrs. Pray worked as a planner for the cities of Richmond and Fremont, Calif., before moving to Maryland in 1968 to become a division chief with the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. She took the Prince George's County post in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Pray's husband, Landone R. Pray, died in 1987. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Madden of Ukiah, Calif.; three children, Dr. Howard H. Pray and Netta Pray, both of Sparks, and Madelyn R. Spencer of Folsom, Calif.; four sisters, Shirley Blocher, Mary Foucalt and Tomi Smith, all of Ukiah, and Susanne Dennis of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and two grandchildren.


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