Obituary Details

Marcella Belle Fitch

(12/11/1916 - 02/11/2009)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 02/18/2009

Marcella Belle Fitch

Marcella Belle Fitch, 92, passed away Feb. 11, 2009 at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Nebraska. Memorial services were held Monday, Feb 16, 2009 at the Methodist Church in Harrison, Neb.

Marcella was born Dec. 11, 1916 in Shelby, Neb. to James W. and Belle (McMeekin) From. The family moved to Harrison where she grew up and attended school, graduating from high school there. Following high school, in times before a college degree was required, she began teaching school. In 1942, she married Charles Henry and they had one son, Philip. Mr. Henry died in an auto accident in 1954 and being widowed with a small son, Marcella went to Chadron State College, obtained her degree, and returned to teaching. In 1961 she married Glen Fitch, who passed away in 2001.

Marcella impacted many lives, and her former students still remark on her teaching skills. She loved children, especially kindergarteners. She taught school in rural Sioux County, Harrison, Neb., Torrington, Wyo. and finally in Lusk, Wyo., where she retired. She was a great businesswoman, teacher, friend, and mother. Yet these descriptions leave out her other virtures such as intelligence, courage, understanding, kindness and generosity. She managed Sioux Sundries for many years, was a 75-year member of the Methodist Church and a 54-year member of Eastern Star. She was very independent and especially enjoyed the outdoors, yard work, flowers and gardening. She loved animals and had dogs, cats, sheep, ducks, geese, childrens and goats. She could often be seen with a menagerie of animals following her on her daily walks. She had a lovely voice and often sang at weddings, etc.

She is survived by her son Philip and wife Rosemary of Harrison; stepchildren Mardell Olson of Becker, Minn., Doug Fitch of Gillette, Wyo. and Nancy Winterheimer of Tigard, Ore.; many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Bud and Art From and sister Bessie; first husband Charles Henry and second husband Glen Fitch, and step-sons Gary and John Fitch.

This gravestone photo was found on nebraskagravestones.org.

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