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Nevada Wilderness Activist Marge Sills

Longtime Nevada Wilderness Activist Marge Sill Dies

Marge Sill, a longtime member of the League of Women Voters has died at the age of 92. She died at her Reno home on Sunday, October 23, 2016, shortly after falling ill.


Marge was also a long time environmental activist known as the “Mother of Nevada Wilderness”. Her advocacy work helped lead to creation of Great Basin National Park in 1986 and passage of the Nevada Wilderness Protection Act in 1989. The latter protected 1,100 square miles of wilderness statewide, including Mount Charleston, the Ruby Mountains and Reno’s Mount Rose.


The family says before Marge passed, she was writing stories about her life for a family book on the Leite women (Marge’s maiden name) and they plan to continue this book.  If you have Marge stories or photos, you can share them at this email ( or send them to the following address (Family of Marge Sill, 720 Brookfield Dr, Reno, NV 89503).  



There will be a celebration of Marge’s life at her church:

When: 1 pm, December 2nd, 2016

Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, 780 Del Monte Lane

Reno, Nevada  89511 []


In the spirit of Marge, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to an environmental organization of your choice in her name.


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