Marcella Catherine Rubbelke, 88, Vancouver, Wash., passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, 2014. She was born in Harvey on Oct. 3, 1925, the daughter of John and Edith (Brown) Prom. Marcella (wife, mom and grandmother) will be remembered best for her immense love of family, witty sense of humor, strong faith and her love of music, birds and gardening.
After graduating from Ryder High School, she moved to Minot and worked as a teller at the Federal Bank. She met a Des Lacs farmer and the love of her life, Edward Rubbelke, on a blind date and they were married soon after on Oct. 22, 1947, in Velva. They lived with Edward's family on the Des Lacs farm for 10 years, and in 1957 moved their family of seven children to Vancouver, Wash., moving closer to her family. Welcoming three more children, Marcella spent her life as a loving, devoted mother and homemaker.
Survivors include: her 10 children (and spouses): five sons, Jim (Jacque), Ervin, Alan (Dorothy), and Neal (Leslee) of Vancouver, and Dale (Kathy) of Kingman, Ariz.; and five daughters, Elaine Lyons (Mike), Linda Rubbelke, Karen O'Dell (Bob), and Lynelle Duhigg (Tom) of Vancouver, and Diane Cline (Randy) of Bellingham, Wash.; her dear cousin and sister-in-law, Rosella Rubbelke of Minot; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by: Edward, her devoted husband of 58 years; two brothers, Gordon and Eugene; and sisters, Stella Jensen, Genevieve Dreier and Marlene Feist.
A rosary will be recited at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Vancouver, on Saturday, July 19, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m.
A graveside service will be held at Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Vancouver.
The family wishes to acknowledge and express their sincere gratitude to Margareta Procopol and staff of Integrity Care for their dedicated and loving care for the past five years. Also, thank you to Kaiser Hospice Care for their tireless care and console in these last few weeks.
Suggested donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in lieu of flowers.
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The Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home, Vancouver, is in charge of all funeral arrangements.