Marcelene “Marce” E. Stutzman
March 1, 1955 ~ August 23, 2013
Marce spent her early years romping around the Mission Creek area south of Cashmere. As she entered her high school years at Cashmere, the family moved to the Stutzman Ranch near Monitor. After graduating from Cashmere High in 1974, she attended Wenatchee Valley College and Western Washington University. She was married for several years to Rick Holmes, who is no longer with us. Marce spent the last 21 years as a school bus driver and bus driver’s trainer for the Cashmere School District. She enjoyed driving the school kids to their out-of-town field trips and competitions. She often kept close track of how individual children performed in their events. Growing up on the family orchard, Marce learned early how to care for the fruit. She spent a lot of time thinning pears and apples and harvesting apples, pears and cherries. Her father claims that she was the best thinner he ever had, leaving every tree with evenly spaced fruit.
Even though Marce was a quiet presence in a crowd, she could get loud around the family game table when she needed to, and she would rarely give in to her own convictions. Some would call her stubborn. Children were drawn to Marce naturally, as she was never overbearing or demanding, and she would always respond positively to her nieces’ and nephews’ invitations to play a game or go for a long walk. When a kid was with Marce, it was always an adventure! Her love for nature was obvious as she shared her enthusiasm about rocks, water, plants and animals with those around her. Marce liked to garden, camp, fish and hike. She particularly enjoyed rock hunting around Blewett Pass. She loved spending time in the Lake Wenatchee/Leavenworth area and lived there for several years. One of her favorite places to camp was at Silver Falls in the Entiat Valley. And she never missed a chance to spend time at the ocean.
When Marce wasn’t outside, she could be found curled up with a book, a cat on her lap and a strong cup of coffee. She was an avid reader her entire life, and would read any book she could get her hands on. Marce also enjoyed many do-it-yourself projects. She spent a lot of time fiddling with just about anything, and would not hesitate to help with a construction or mechanical job, only to race home to bake a mean strawberry rhubarb pie! Marce would help out whenever she could, with any task given to her. In 1990, she spent a month in Puerto Rico helping to rebuild homes following the devastation of hurricane Hugo, and in 2010, she took her niece, Nomi, to a Jr. High Work Camp in Brooklyn, NY. She was a lifelong member of the Sunnyslope Church.
Survivors include: her parents, June and Ordo Stutzman of Wenatchee; step-daughter, Jennifer Steinshouer of Loomis, WA; brothers, Ernie (Judy) Stutzman and Floyd (Betsy) Stutzman of Wenatchee, Lynn (Sally) Stutzman of East Wenatchee, and Cal Stutzman (Janet Thomas) of Bellingham; sisters, Lois Tate of Cashmere and Janet Stutzman of Wenatchee. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews: Nick and Hunter Stutzman of Leavenworth, Kristi (Steven) and Gary McMath, Tyler Brown, all of Wenatchee, Jason (Jen), Davis, Lionel (Amber), Ryan and Lily Tate, all of Oregon City, OR, Tim Stutzman of Olympia, Jennifer (Brandon), Chloie, Emma and Jase Troxler, all of East Wenatchee, Chad Stutzman and Kelsey Stutzman of East Wenatchee, and Nomi Stutzman, Adam Stutzman, Ben Valdez and Samantha Valdez, all of Wenatchee.
A Celebration of Marce’s Life will be held at the Sunnyslope Church, 3330 School Street, Wenatchee, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013. Gifts in Memory of Marce may be sent to a charity of your choice.