Marcella G. Vreeland (1918 - 2014)

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Marcella G. Vreeland of Anchorage, Alaska, at age 96, died peacefully on Dec. 4, 2014 in Connecticut, surrounded by close friends and family. Born in Easton, Pa., Marcey, the youngest child of the late Peter and Anna Tauriene Greene, was predeceased by four siblings, Catherine Tervidis Zlotnick, Anna Jurgens, Sally Hitzel and John Greene. She is survived by three children, Isabelle Hoverman of Austin, Texas, Anna Davis of Anchorage, Alaska, and Benjamin Vreeland of Palm Harbor, Fla.; their spouses; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Marcey graduated from Easton High School in 1936, and then moved to New York City. In 1943, she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps first Women's Unit and reported for Boot Camp at Hunter College in New York. Prior to Marcey's discharge in 1945, she was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant while stationed in the Pentagon Annex classifying war zone photographs. She earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Connecticut in 1964, then pursued a successful career as a Reading Specialist in the Delaware, California, Connecticut, and Alaska, school systems retiring in 1987, and was employed by actors Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland to teach their children in California and Spain. In 1983, with a packed pickup truck, Marcey and her dog drove from Connecticut to Alaska. While in Alaska, she was an active member of the Alaska Prospector Society and arranged travel to many countries, the Anchorage Convention and Visitor Bureau, where she received the 1992 Volunteer Appreciation Award; and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center, where she organized Fur Rondy activities, served on the Board of Directors and as a Master Gardener, at the age of 90, led a team that revitalized the gardens. Her travels spanned 36 countries and include two years in Japan teaching ESL. Some of Marcey's many hobbies and activities included woodcarving, skiing, photography, archery, drama, tennis, gardening, hiking, fishing, Girl Scout leader and too many more to mention. A Military Honor Guard is planned for her burial in June 2015 at Fort Richardson National Cemetery Alaska. Memorial donations may be made online to the Women Marines Association (www.womenmarines.org) or directly to Anchorage Senior Activity Center (1300 E 19th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501) designated for the Marcella Vreeland Garden Memorial.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 11, 2015
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