Marcia Marcella Carman, age 86, passed away at home on May 2, 2020 due to complications of Myelofibrosis, surrounded by her loving family.
Marcia was born on March 10, 1934 to Charles and Lettie (Saathoff) Martens in Clare, Ia. She was baptized and confirmed at St Johns Lutheran Church in Palmer, Ia. She attended area country school before graduating from Gilmore City High School.
Marcia was united in marriage to Gerald Carman on June 1, 1952 at St Johns. She continued working with her father on his farm until Gerald was discharged from the army in 1954. The couple moved to rural Grand Meadow, Minnesota in Aug, 1954 where they farmed and raised five children. They moved into town in August 1970, and Marcia started as a cook in the Grand Meadow school which she enjoyed for 22 yrs.
Marcia was an active member of the GM Lutheran church women’s groups, directing choir, teaching Sunday school, and weekly Bible study & quilting group.
Her deep commitment to all things creative inspired all those she touched with her enthusiasm as was shown in her weekly painting group. Her proudest endeavor was her contribution (with close friend Susie) to the Meadowfest Art Show where she encouraged many young and old artists to participate.
Marcia’s many hobbies included painting, drawing, gardening, baking, country and gospel music, but especially enjoyed her many insightful discussions with her children, grandchildren, and all her other family and friends.
Marcia is survived by husband Gerald, children Carol (Craig) Stier, Mark (Kathy) Carman, Cathy (Dan) Koball, Caren (Doug) Swanson and daughter-in-law Brenda Carman, all of Grand Meadow. Also, 18 beloved grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, siblings Charles (Jo Ann) Martens of Clear Lake, Ia, Mary (Gordon) Shipler-Oleson of Burt, Ia, Richard (Sheila) Martens of Lime Springs, Ia. Gerald’s siblings: Eugene (Judy) Carman of Cresco, Ia, Doris Troxel of Des Moines Ia, Dorothy Christensen of Grand Meadow, Dale Carman of Spencer, Ia, Mary Ann Carman of Humboldt, Ia and many nieces and nephews.
Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, son Billy, sister Darlene, sisters in-laws Jean Ahart, Donna Carman, and brothers in-law Denny Shipler, Virgil Carman, Stanley Troxel, Arvin Christensen and Bill Ahart.
The Carman family wishes to thank Visiting Angels, Seasons Hospice, Spring Valley Care center, Dr Alkhateeb and Lindsey Kluck of Mayo Hematology dept. , Heidi Seaberg, and most importantly sister in law Dorothy for their wonderful care and steadfast support to Marcia and her family throughout her earthly journey. May God’s peace and many blessings be with her.
Memorial services for Marcia will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Grand Meadow Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church.
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