May 6, 2015
Beginning at 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 10, 2015
Family present 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Third Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa
10:30 AM, Monday, May 11, 2015
Third Reformed Church
Wesley Life Hospice
Third Reformed Church Children's Ministry
August 30, 1930 - May 6, 2015
Marcie Vander Leest was born in Leighton, Iowa, to Cornelius "Case" and Henrietta (Bensink) Valster on August 14, 1930, and was a graduate of Pella Community High School.
Marcie was united in marriage with Logan Vander Leest on December 21, 1951, in Pella. They were blessed with three children: Wayne, Lola and Carol.
At 18, Marcie began teaching at the one room Centennial Country School. She taught primary to 8th grade. She went by Miss Marcie and had great satisfaction in teaching the children. She continued her love of teaching by substitute teaching for twelve years.
Marcie identified herself as a country girl. She said my little sis, Vivian, was the city girl. Marcie enjoyed all the special family times at the farm when they headed down to the river. They built fires, roasted hot dogs and waded in the river.
Her family traveled extensively, pulling a camper to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Ozarks, Texas and many more places. Every evening, meals were by the campfire so by the end of each vacation Marcie would treat herself to a banana split for all her efforts. That banana split treat continued through the years.
Marcie was a member of Third Reformed Church in Pella. She was President of the Ladies Aid, and American Legion Auxiliary, and was co-founder of the Third Reformed children's church. She had a personal card ministry for many years.
Marcie was a member of the Historical Society and was extremely active with researching and revitalizing the Amsterdam School. She enjoyed going on many model T tours with Logan and participating in Dutch Masters. She was very involved in helping the Laotian families adjust to life in Pella. She spent fifteen years in the office at Vermeer Manufacturing.
Marcie had many hobbies: scrapbooking, gardening, embroidery, and family genealogy. Marcie was known for the many hats she wore. She learned her love of hats from her mother and never left home without one.
Most important to Marcie was her faith and sharing it in so many ways. Next was her love of family. Throughout her life it was a passion keeping the family and extended family connected.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her husband Logan; her children: Wayne (Kris) Vander Leest of Pella, Lola (Dave) Kenworthy of Des Moines, and Carol (Jim) Tanis of Peachtree City, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Nicole (Ryan) Boyington, Adam Kenworthy, Alysa (B.J.) Pilling, Jake Tanis, Landon Vander Leest, Olivia Vander Leest, and Demrie Vander Leest; and one great-grandchild Brooks Boyington. Marcie is also survived by her brother K.C. (Gloria) Valster of Pella.
Marcie was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Shirley Valster; sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Larry Easton; and parents-in-law, Dick and Janet Vander Leest.