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Marie Behrens Poppy

1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
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Poppy, Marie Behrens
of Mesa, AZ passed away on January 25, 2016 in Mesa. Marie was born May 11, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry and Selma Behrens. She is survived by her husband Dr. Guy C. Poppy whom she met while a student at Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Their children include a daughter Gail Marie and son-in-law Michael Hume of Houston, TX, daughter Jo Ellen and son-in-law Daniel Burns of Apache Junction, AZ, sons David Guy Poppy and Stephen Craig Poppy of Florida, and daughter Mary Elisabeth and son-in-law Bennett Sloan of Mesa, AZ. Marie and Guy have 15 grandchildren and 21 great grand children. While raising young children, Marie studied at night after putting her children to bed, finishing her work on her BA and going on to earn her MA in elementary education at ASU. She became a creative and enthusiastic teacher who often exclaimed, "and I'm being paid to do this". In addition to working as an Early Childhood teacher and Reading Specialist for Mesa Public Schools from 1965 to 1985, Marie went on prepare science curriculum for early elementary grades. Her teaching was also in evidence at Trinity Baptist Church of Mesa during that time-span, working with pre-school children. Marie's teaching was not limited to early-childhood. She also exercised her teaching abilities teaching English to the wives of international students at ASU. For one year, she also taught basic sewing skills to the wives of seminary students in (then called) Zaire. Marie not only taught, she loved learning from her students about their lives and cultures. She and her husband, Guy, treasured the many friendships that grew from her teaching. A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, February 1, 2016 at Trinity Baptist Church, 2130 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Services entrusted to Falconer Funeral Home of Gilbert, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 31, 2016
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