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Alpharetta street named for resident: Marjean Wood Birt

Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle unveils Alpharetta's newest street – Marjean Way – named in honor of prominent citizen Marjean Wood Birt. Jonathan Copsey. (click for larger version)
August 19, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – It must be a special person who gets a street named after them. So it is that Alpharetta's Marjean Wood Birt, 84, a longtime resident and community leader of the city, was given a road in her own name Aug. 13.

"Marjean Way" will adorn the street sign on Marietta Street in Alpharetta, where a new development will be built.

"She is leaving quite a legacy," Mayor David Belle Isle said. "It's people like Marjean that make a community like Alpharetta what it is."

Birt is responsible for moving the Mansell House from Roswell to its current location as well as helping to run it.

She was active in the Alpharetta Garden Club and the Women's Club. She also served for years as chair of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, has been an active board member of the Alpharetta Historical Society and was the founding president of the Chattahoochee Women's Republican Party. In 2013, she was recognized as the "Woman of the Year" by the Georgia Federation of Republican Women for her 56 years of service.

"Marjean loves people and this city," said Mary Davenport, of the Women's Club. "Marjean is Alpharetta."

Birt, who grew up on Roswell Street not far from where her own street will soon sit, thanked Belle Isle for his words.

"We have great people in Alpharetta," she said. "This is the greatest city in the United States."


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