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Marcella Epler

Marcella Epler
Born: Feb 06, 1943
Died: Oct 21, 2016

 Marcella (Marcy) Epler was born in Spokane, WA on February 6, 1943 to Carl and Cleona (Crites) Poore, and lost her battle with cancer on October 21, 2016. The family resided in Gildford until they moved to Zurich, MT. She spent her childhood in Zurich and in Chinook until she met her sweetheart James (Jim) Epler and were married on September 20, 1961. At that point in time they made their home in Harlem. Marcy devoted her life to her three children and helped with the construction business. She was also employed by Buttrey Food, the Food Farm and Jergeson Plumbing until they purchased the Handy Market in Harlem. Those who knew Marcy can recall her ability to “fix” most anything and beyond these abilities, she could drive a truck and herd cows. Some of her favorite hobbies were fishing, camping, and bowling. She could throw a mean strike for her bowling team. Her grandkids have fond memories of the Handy Market in which they were allowed behind the counter to get candy. Her canned veggies were also a great treat for them. Never did she forget any of their birthdays or Christmas. Marcy is survived by her two daughters Cindy (Darryl) Magnuson of Billings and Candus (Robert) Scheffelmaer of Harlem, grandchildren Richelle (Steve) Colclasure, Scott and Joe (Katy) Magnuson, and great grandson Conner of Billings, Reece Scheffelmaer of Harlem, Lauren Scheffelmaer of Great Falls; sisters Dora (Greg) Skoyen of Chinook, Carmen Poore of Harlem, brother Larry (Linda) Poore of Jacksonville, FL. Extended family include Margaret and Dwight Grimm; the Clare Sands boys, Jack, Steve (Karen), and Craig (Connie). She was preceded in death by her son Curtis, husband James and his parents Keith and Cathleen Epler, brother Merle Poore, parents Carl and Cleone Poore. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the residents of Grand Villa for their compassionate friendship, coffee hours and their evenings of puzzles. She truly enjoyed her home at the Villa. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or RezQDogs, PAWS or the Harlem Cemetery. 

Public Guest Book

Oct 27th
Kathy (Wise) Welch
I'm so sorry you lost Marcy. I remember growing up in Zurich with her,Merle,Dora & Larry. Also shopping at the store & visiting with Cleona & stopping in at the old bank building where Carl had a garage. Good memories. Marcy was a few years older than me & I thought she was beautiful. She was always so nice. I know you will miss her. With deep sympathy, Kathy
Oct 28th
Lorna Lockman
Dora and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Marcy was a great niece, friend and helper to my Mom (LaRena Stewart) when she resided at the villa. I sat around the table as they told stories from years ago and growing up. I learned a lot.
Oct 28th
Linda Poore
Larry and I are both extremely sad about Marcy and the fact we cannot be there with you Candus and Cindy, but we think about you daily.
Love you both ...
Oct 29th
mary pyette
She was very chirpy the last time I talked with her and she shared her cancer story with me. my deepest sympathy to you all.
Oct 29th
Rose Blackburn
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish
I could be there today for the funeral. Marcella and I were very good friend when we were kids in Zurich. I was a Cislo. We went swimming in the Zurich ditch, went horseback riding at the Zurich Park. She showed me how to milk a cow. I was so sad when a friend called me. I was shocked that her brother Merle had passed on. I really liked you and we grew apart when I moved to Sioux City. You will be missed.
Nov 4th
Mary & Tom Kraft
Dear Cindy & Candus and Family, So sorry for your loss. We just saw the announcement online at the Gt Falls Tribune, and sadly, it was after the service had taken place. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers.
Marcy raised 2 amazing daughters!
Love & Blessings, Tom & Mary Kraft, Billings


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