Marcella Nopper passed away on Nov. 11, 2014, surrounded by family. Marcella was born in Bozeman, on March 4, 1936, to George and Goldie Gillette. She graduated from Gallatin County High School and attended Montana State College. Marcella worked at Watson's Drive-In while attending high school and then worked at the College at the Montana Wool Laboratory and the Office of the Registrar.
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Marcella met Thomas E. Nopper while working at Montana State, and she and Tom were married in Bozeman in 1960. She reared and cared for her children, supported Tom in his many activities, and occasionally volunteered in support of the American Red Cross.
Marcella is survived by her daughter, Marie and husband, Scott Keller; son, Tony and wife, Denise, all of Bozeman. She is also survived by granddaughters, Erica and Tressa Nopper; sister, Marge Shaw (Gary Refsland); sister, Barbara Gibson; sister, Vivian (Larry) Durland; brother-in-law, Phil Newhouse; sister-in-law, Hazel Gillette; and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; infant daughter, Tressa; parents, George and Goldie; brother, George, Jr.; sister, Irene Newhouse; and brother-in-law, Tom Gibson.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial celebration that will be held on Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. in Bozeman at the Holiday Inn, Jefferson Room.
In lieu of flowers, consider supporting the Gallatin County Community Benefit Fund held by the Montana Community Foundation in Helena, Mont. (PO Box 1145, Helena, MT 59624) or the
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2014