OBITUARY

Marcella M. Koontz

March 16, 1950March 30, 2021
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Marcella Mae Koontz, 71, returned to the loving arms of her Lord and savior, and more importantly, back into the arms of her loving husband, Randall, on March 30, 2021. Marcella Mae Stender was born in March, 16, 1950, the third child of Vivian (Ayers) and Herb Stender in Dubuque, Iowa.

When circumstances in the Stender household made raising "Marcy", as she preferred to be called throughout her life, and her three brothers unattainable, she and her brothers were taken in by a couple, Mr. Fred and Mrs. Ethel Hohensee. They were raised on a farm outside of Dubuque, Iowa. Marcy's relationship with her mother was extremely estranged, to the point that if the family is asked about who they called Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa, it was the Hohensees they were referring to.

In October of 1971, Marcy married Donald Stewart Dungan, of Cedar Rapids Iowa, (originally from Kansas City, MO). Mr. and Mrs. Dungan had one son, who survives her. The couple were married for 32 years until Mr. Dungan's passing in 2003.

Marcy was able to find love again, in the form of Mr. Randall Koontz. They were married in 2005. For 15 years, they knew love, happiness, laughter. They bought a home together and were fully committed to spending out the remaining years of their lives together. Tragically, Mr. Koontz passed away in July of 2020.

If the mark of a loving family were the ONLY test of one's legacy, Marcy easily has that covered. Her three brothers survive her. Mr. Dungan had three children from a previous marriage, two daughters and a son. The son, and one of the daughters, preceded Marcy in death. The other daughter survives. Mr. Koontz had five children from a previous marriage, four sons and a daughter. They all survive her. Her son with Mr. Dungan survives her. There are almost ten nieces and nephews. The number of grandchildren and great-children, at last count, might easily top fifty.

A loving family, however, is not the only proof of one's legacy. Marcy absolutely did not know a stranger. When she met you, you became her friend, a friendship that would endure uninterrupted for decades. She was active in her church, Calvary Heritage Baptist. Marcy worked at Boone Hospital for 35 years. The people who would say to you, "This was my friend" could easily top two dozen names.

For this day, however, and in the future, those friends and those family members know that a bright star of laughter and love, though at peace and reunited with the man she loved, has now left this world. She truly will be remembered as a good person. I cannot give a greater testimony than that.

A visitation will be held will be at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202 on Saturday, April 10th from 10am till time of funeral service at Noon. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make any desired donations to the American Heart Association.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Fuenral Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Sue Cook

April 8, 2021

I worked with Marcey for several years at Boone Hospital. After we both transferred out of the department t we were in together, we would see each other in the hall and as time would allow we would catch up on each other. She was a very dedicated worker and never meet any one she didn't like. Symphony to all the family she will be missed by all.

JP Asbury

April 7, 2021

I worked with Marcie for years at Boone Hospital. She was always such a hard worker and did her best to meet everyone’s needs. She will be missed. My condolences. JP

Debra Twenter

April 7, 2021

I worked with Marcy at Boone Hospital for years. She was always smiling and engaging with you. She is a light that will truly be missed ! My condolences to the family. 🙏

Crissy Anderson

April 3, 2021

When I was younger I lived across the street from her, her husband and Chris. the bus stop was pretty much in their front yard and I can remember one very cold morning as about 15 kids stood out there shivering she called all of us into her home and gave us hot chocolate. And we waited in the warmth until the bus came.
Later in life I had the pleasure of working with her at Boone hospital. We wasn't in the same dept. But did see each other often. We would chat about this and that. I'm sorry that Mrs Marcy has moved on to her next adventure in heaven. I always liked her. She had a beautiful soul. ❤️

Helen Nichols

April 3, 2021

Another fun time. This is Shirley and Nancy with Randy and Marcy taken at our cousin Barbarba’s 4th of July celebration in 2017. The other photo was taken in 2018.

Helen Nichols

April 3, 2021

After the death of Randy’s first wife Janell, Randy kept in touch with Janell’s cousins and came to our family get togethers. Marcy came with him and became family and friend. Marcy and Randy met me in Bethany one November day. It was a beautiful fall day and we decorated Randy’s brother in laws grave that died in Vietnam. We got flowers for Janell’s grave. We drove through the country side and enjoyed the day. Randy and Marcy came to a 4th of July celebration several years. They were both special. I still am thinking I needed to tell Randy something or ask him something. Marcy was so heartbroken when Randy passed away. She loved him so much. My deepest sympathy to all of Marcy’s family. She’s at peace now. Her obituary says it well.

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