Marcella C. Egenes was born on January 29, 1924 to Clara Malmin and Peter Egenes on a farm near McCallsburg, IA. She died on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at Good Samaritan Village in Hot Springs Village, AR.
After receiving her teaching certificate at Waldorf College, she taught in several schools. She graduated from Luther College and began teaching in the Minneapolis, MN school system. She entered the Womens Army Corps during the Korean Conflict. She advanced from a private to second lieutenant in 10 months and was honorably discharged after four years.
Marcella attended Indiana State University and gained her Masters Degree in Social Work and began work with the Indianapolis School system as a social worker. Eventually, she attended the University of California, Berkley and gained her Masters Degree in Public Health. She concluded her career as State Attendance Officer for the state of Indiana. She was recognized as a national leader at the Midwest Conference of Social Workers in 1977.
She was active in the Reserve Officers Association and retired in 1984 as a Lt. Colonel. Marcella was faithful to her Lutheran roots wherever she was. She enjoyed attending symphonies and operas. She traveled to Norway numerous times, as well as, all of the 50 states and other parts of the world. She was the first family member who met all of her 62 first cousins and treasured those ties.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harold; and sister, Eleanor Imsland. Marcella is survived by brothers, Paul of Newton, IA and Orvis of California; sister, Helen Sarsfield of Hot Springs Village, AR; and 14 nieces and nephews from Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and California. Blessed be her memory!
Memorial donations may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or Alzheimers Association. Guest register at http://www.caruth-hale.com