Marian Ivers loved Omaha.
“For her, there was nothing more important than making this city great,” said daughter Laurie Pieper of Omaha.
Ivers' impact on her native city came through her job as executive vice president of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and through her work with many organizations.
Marian Lindee “Grammy” Ivers, 90, died Jan. 8 at Elk Ridge Village. Ivers had Alzheimer's disease, Pieper said
“She grew up very poor,” she said. “I'm personally certain that is why she worked so hard. She was an overachiever.”
Ivers was a founding member of the Institute for Career Advancement Needs and the Women's Fund of Omaha. She was the first female president of the National Association of Membership Directors.
Ivers suggested in 1977 that the city needed to channel the talents of Omaha's young leaders. Her suggestion resulted in Leadership Omaha, launched the next year.
She also made a difference through her work with, among others, Completely Kids (formerly Camp Fire), Woman's Center for Advancement (formerly the YWCA), Girl Scouts, Heartland Family Service, United Way of the Midlands, Omaha Community Playhouse and the University of Nebraska Board of Counselors.
Ivers graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1940; she was able to type 120 words a minute and take shorthand at 260 words a minute.
She worked as a stenographer for 10 years, then took time off to raise her family. She returned to work in 1962 as executive secretary for the chamber.
During her chamber tenure, she served as membership director, director of administration and finance and assistant general manager. Ivers was promoted to executive vice president in 1979 and retired 10 years later.
Connie Claussen, University of Nebraska at Omaha athletic director emerita, credited Ivers with the success of the Claussen-Leahy Run/Walk, which raises funds for UNO athletic scholarships.
“She taught me how to fundraise. She was my mentor. She also taught me how to friend-raise,” Claussen said.
Ivers received many honors, including ICAN's Dr. Geil Browning Career Excellence Award in 1971, the Omaha Women's Political Caucus' Woman of the Year award in 1975 and 1982, and the UNO Order of the Tower Award in 2001.
Besides Pieper, she is survived by daughter Nancy Stocking of Omaha, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service for Ivers will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6340 N. 30th St.
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