E. Wynema Honea, an early activist for incorporation of Marana and the mother of Mayor Ed Honea, died Friday, June 5, after a fight with cancer.

She was 80. Services were held last Saturday.

Ed Honea presided over the June 9 town council meeting, hearing several expressions of condolence.

"It's been a pretty rough week for myself and my family," Mayor Honea said from the dias Tuesday. "The Marana family has really stepped up. The town of Marana really is a family. I was very appreciative."

Wynema Honea had lived in Marana since 1949. In 1956, she and her husband Ray developed the first subdivision of homes in what was then a rural farming community. A year later, they began the Honea Heights Water Co.

Wynema was "instrumental" in the incorporation of Marana, her family said, carrying petitions and working for incorporation that came in 1977.

Ed Honea has been a strong advocate for creation of a cemetery in Marana. Last Tuesday, he said groundbreaking on a mortuary and cemetery in the community has been moved from June to August of this year.

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