Marcella Hodder

Obituary of Marcella Lou Hodder

HODDER, MARCELLA "Marcy" LOU (BOWYER) Bay City, Michigan Marcella "Marcy" passed away March, 20, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer at age 84. Marcella was born March 3, 1936 in Bay City to the late George and Bernice Bowyer. She married the late Gerald S. Hodder in 1955 and enjoyed 50 years of marriage before his passing on Sept 1, 2005. Together they raised six children. Marcella graduated from Visitation High School. She was a very successful businesswoman. She and her husband Gerald founded and operated Tri County Fire Protection from 1974-1988 before turning the company over to their sons. Marcella was also a Real Estate Broker and owner of Old Mill Realty for many years. She was a member of the World War I Barracks #74 Ladies Auxiliary, serving as District and State President for several years. She later retired with her husband Gerald to Graying, MI and opened the Dinner Bell Restaurant. They enjoyed many years of living in Northern Michigan and loved having family and friends stop by. Following her husband's death, Marcella moved back to Bay City. Through the years she enjoyed camping, reading, playing Scrabble and had many great adventures with her sisters. Marcella greeted each day with optimism and savored the simple pleasures of life. Making a good home cooked meal, visiting with her family and tending her beautiful flower garden made her so happy! She was preceded in death by her siblings; Mary Bowyer, Jerome Leonard, Miles Bowyer, Fred Bowyer, Bruce Bowyer, Jane Rigg, Nancy MacDonald and Kathleen Schissler. She is survived by her sisters Sandra Wisniewski, Helen Short and Midge (Tom) Jarvis. She is survived by her children; Steven (Yvonne) Hodder, Laurie (Steve) Brenner, John (Sheila) Hodder, Randal Hodder, Jody (Erik) Olsen and Alan (Marsha) Hodder. She also has many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Their calls, messages and visits were the highlights of her days. A Celebration of Life Memorial with take place in Bay City in early summer and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to your local Humane Society or Brian's House of Essexville, MI.
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