MARSCIA HELEN MENVIELLE
1914 - 2014
Imperial Valley native and pioneer Marscia Menvielle, 100 passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014 in El Centro, California.
The daughter of Raymond and Martha Eugenia Genet, who moved to Imperial Valley from San Diego County in 1911 along with their four sons to homestead and help build the San Diego and Arizona Railroad. Marscia was born January 9, 1914 at the Dixieland town site, west of Seeley, California.
The youngest of five children, Marscia spent the first 10 years of her life in Imperial Valley and attended Lantana School before the Genet family moved back to San Diego County in 1924. Marscia attended elementary schools in Alpine and El Cajon then high schools in Grossmont and San Diego, graduating from San Diego High School in 1930. She entered San Diego State College in the fall of 1930 attending classes for one semester on the former San Diego Teachers College campus at the west end of El Cajon Boulevard before the college moved to the new campus on Montezuma Mesa. She graduated in the spring of 1934 with a Liberal Arts degree.
In 1934 the United States was in the middle of the Great Depression and jobs were extremely difficult to find so Marscia returned to Imperial Valley to look for work and was hired by the Jasper Alamitos School District near Calexico to teach an Americanization class. Her students included the children of immigrant families from India, Japan and the Philippines. She also met John Fred Menvielle, the son of French immigrants who had moved to Calexico in 1906 and settled in the Jasper community.
After returning to San Diego County to accept a one year teaching position in La Jolla, for the 1935-36 school year Marscia returned to Imperial Valley to accept a permanent position at Jasper School. She married John F. Menvielle on July 17, 1937 in San Diego. Marscia and John lived in Calexico for several years before purchasing a small house in 1941 that they moved to the Menvielle family homestead on Jasper Road. Marscia and John lived together in their home on Jasper Road until John's death in 2007. Marscia continued to live in the family home on Jasper Road after John's passing until 2011 when she moved into the Vintage Village Adult Care Home in El Centro.
Marscia taught at Jasper School until 1941 when she retired after her first son was born. She remained active in the community for the next seventy years. She was a 4-H leader for over 50 years, working with young people in the 4-H youth development program at the community, county, regional and state levels. She started the Junior Choir at the Calexico Methodist Church and served as Junior Choir director for over 20 years. She was a swim instructor for the Red Cross, giving swim lessons at the Calexico Municipal Pool.
Marscia has continued to stay in contact with former students, 4-H members and 4-H leaders though Christmas cards and on her annual visits to the California Mid Winter Fair. Attending the fair was a mandatory event for Marscia even when her mobility and eye sight started to decline. She always insisted on visiting the fair, usually on opening day when the 4-H and FFA members where in their uniforms and showing their livestock projects. A week before her passing, Marscia was making plans to attend the opening day of the 2014 fair but her care givers advised against it due to her declining health. Family members attended the fair in her absence.
Marscia may be gone from our presence but her sprit lives on in the students and youth who she mentored during a life time of community service.
Marscia was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, John F. Menvielle, son Joseph Ray Menvielle, parents, Raymond and Martha Eugenia Genet, brothers, Ralph Genet, Henry Alexander Genet, Raymond Genet and Merle Genet.
Marscia is survived by three sons and their spouses, John Pierre and Genevieve, Ralph and Sharon and Robert and Marianne Menvielle. She is survived by grandchildren J. P. Jr., T.J., Joshua, John Clifford, Jordan and Ashley Menvielle grandchildren and their spouses Beau and Michelle Menvielle, Nicole and Jason Lulis, Alisa and Doug Meyer and Kenneth and Alicia Sears, great- grandchildren, Brandon and Lauren Meyer, Leed and Jaxon Lulis, Sullivan Sears, Dylan Menvielle, numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 with a prayer and remembrance service at 7 p.m. officiated by Rev Suzi Jacobson, at Hems Brothers Mortuary, 1975 South Fourth Street in El Centro. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014, officiated by Rev. John McFarland, at the Calexico United Methodist Church located at 1070 Blair Avenue, Calexico. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made in Marscia's memory to the Imperial County Historical Society/Pioneers Museum or the Calexico United Methodist Church or the California Mid Winter Fair -Inspiration Gallery Project.
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