OBITUARY

Mercedes (Merce) G. Markovics

December 17, 1949April 4, 2018
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Mercedes (Merce) Markovics of Rogers, passed away on April 4, 2018 in Springdale. She was born on December 17, 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late William and Wilma Greene. She attended the private Catholic school, Monte Cassino. Upon graduating from high school, she attended the U of A in Fayetteville. In her early years, Mercedes was a prodigy tennis player, accomplished horse rider, and a talented golfer. In her later years, she started doing what she loved best, being an artist. Completing of 100 pieces she had an eye for color combinations, design, and presentation. She had a long career as a realtor, working for her dad’s Century 21 Company in Tulsa prior to marrying the love of her life, Bob. When the couple was transferred to Dallas in 1982, she began her banking career serving as a relocation specialist for Republic Bank. She moved into mortgage lending in 1984 and continued on that career path with Arvest Bank after the couple moved to NWA in 1987. She then moved into the title business working for WACO in Springdale. Over the years, she was recognized for outstanding customer service, a quick wit, positive attitude, and boundless energy. She could light up a room and always made people feel good at all times. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Robert (Bob) Markovics, Maggie the couple’s collie and Gracie their Sheltie, her sister, Patti McCulloch of New York, several nephews and their families in Houston ,Texas and several aunts and uncles in the Tulsa area. Mercedes will be greatly missed by all. A memorial service will be on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:0AM at Rollins Funeral Home Chapel in Rogers.

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  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Mercedes (Merce) G. Markovics

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Sally (Hendricks) Davidson-Marovich

April 18, 2018

Wish I knew where a photo could be located from Kanakomo Kamp in Branson, MO. I was lucky enough to have Merce as a cabin mate when we were probably 5th or 6th grade. Funny how a person is so memorable. It was Merce's name, her sparkling eyes and fun personality that has kept her presence in my memory bank all these years. I'm sorry I didn't stay in touch. In reading her Eulogy, she continued to be amazing in every way.
Blessings to her family.

Diane Buthod Burton

April 11, 2018

Those of us who went to school with Merce can't help feeling her loss. Rest in peace, Merce.
Diane Buthod Burton

Martha Desmond

April 11, 2018

Merce and I went to Jr and Sr high school together at Monte. I was always mesmerized by her bright blue smiling eyes, quiet leadership, artistic bent as well as her athletic prowess. We hadn't seen each other in years but I was so looking forward to our 50 year reunion! We will remember Merce with our other classmates who have departed. May her soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed Rest In Peace!

Nancy Johnson Geislinger

April 10, 2018

I knew Merce from Monte Cassino High School in Tulsa. She had a wonderful smile and sense of humor always upbeat and positive. We also shared some time in St. Louis at Maryville College with her sister Patty as an upper classman. My prayers to the family during this time. She will be greatly missed.

Angie McDonald

April 10, 2018

Bob,
I was so very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of your beloved Merce. I still have a necklace she made that I've had for about 9 or 10 years now. Every time I've worn it over the years, I couldn't help but think of her. Merce will live on in everyone's hearts and memories and through her art.

Michelle Tull-Brown

April 9, 2018

To our best friend, almost like a grandma (from Jewell), who has moved on to be with our heavenly Father, thank you for bringing such pure joy and true friendship to our lives here on earth. We love you, "Fancy"!!!! We miss you to the moon and back!!! Love always, Michelle & Jewell

Vicki Hill

April 7, 2018

I am heartbroken to hear of Merce's passing. I first met Merce around 12 years old age, and can't remember one joyful moment of my teenage years without her! Her laughter and positive attitude were contagious and I will treasure our friendship forever. So many great memories at Monte Cassino and of her wonderful, loving family. She had spunk, spirit, and a zest for life like no other. I will think of her often - with much love, happiness and gratitude for her friendship and all that she brought to my life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Eulogy - for Merce
Mercedes was always full of life. As a young girl growing up in Oklahoma, she was very much involved in school activities and studied hard. She was most athletic in swimming, tennis, a cheerleader, and loved riding horses. She had a sense of enjoyment and much promise for the future.

After high school, Merce attended the UofA in Fayetteville. It was in her Freshman year that she became quite ill. Returning to Tulsa, she had numerous doctors trying to figure out the nature and source of the problem. After exhausting their local resources, she was sent to the Mayo clinic. It was there the medical scientists discovered odd shaped tumors intertwined around organs. After several surgeries and rehab, she was able to return home. But the athletic prowess and spark of life's energy was dimmed.

During the course of the next 10 years there were more surgeries and frustration by doctors trying to identify new issues that kept surfacing. But through it all, Merce kept a vigilant positive attitude and worked hard. But you could see that it was taking a toll on her body.

When she met Bob (who was blind date set up by two mutual friends) she found her true love. They had three dates over the course of 5 months. When they got married, their priest was Father Ming from Vietnam who was rescued by the US Navy.
Bob and Merce were a perfect pair. Thought the course of the 37 1/2 years together, they both loved to travel, enjoyed tennis and golf, and most of all loved collies. Bob bought Merce a pair of collies pups as a wedding gift. They named the sister and brother pair Maggie and MacGregor. All seemed to be on a good path.

Then three years after they were married, Merce almost died from more medical complications. Turns out that scar tissue from past surgeries were creating complications with normal organ function. Once the couple got past that challenging event, there were more episodes of medical challenges continuously occurring.

But through it all they stayed together. During the course of their marriage Merce had three other times that she almost died. The most recent was last Fall when her heart problem surfaced. But again, she pulled through.

On April 4th, when she was having a pace maker installed. During the process, her heart stopped and the medical team could not get the heart restarted. After almost 50 years and 50 surgeries, her body finally gave out.



Through it all, Merce never lost her jovial spirit, belief in God, or positive attitude. In the past several months she turned to the one pastime that she loved when she was at the UofA. That being an artist. Creating almost 100 pieces, she found peace and enjoyment knowing she was limited to very few activities.

When someone's life ends, those who shared their time on earth must continue on until it is their time to go. Although the process is difficult and somber, we must remember that our purpose in life is to die. Seldom do we get to choose when and how we pass away. But when we do, those left behind can draw comfort in knowing that we will be reunited someday in a better place. The only comfort that we have right now, is knowing that Merce is no longer suffering physical pain and the mental strain of wanting to do so much more when the body was extremely limited.

What we can celebrate for Merce is that she possesses that true American sprit to never to give up. Stayed tough even though difficult times, kept a positive attitude, and always remember that miracles do happen. She is in a better place and has peace from the pain and suffering she endured while on earth.