Marcella Swartzwell, 85, of Eagle Point, died July 13, 2008 at her home.
Marcella Jean Cooper was born Mar. 21, 1923 in Sacramento, Calif., to Alberta Stehr Cooper and Lloyd Cooper. She spent her childhood in Auburn, Calif., and Lodi, Calif., and spoke lovingly of family times. When the Great Depression hit, life became more difficult. Her parents divorced when she was nine and she seldom saw her father after that. When she was old enough, she worked to help support the family and assist her mother who worked two jobs. As a result, she could stretch a dollar.
She graduated from Lodi High School and started college to become a
nurse, but had to drop out when World War II began. She became engaged
to Howard Swatzell on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed and they were
married Dec. 21, 1941. Like many wives, she went to work, and became a
service station attendant.
After the war they moved several
places including Stockton, Calif., where they had four daughters; then
to Arvada, Colo., Omaha, back to Arvada and finally to Fresno, Calif.
Mr. Swartzell died suddenly in 1973. A few years later she and Hank
Adolph became a couple and stayed together for 14 years.
1990, she and her companion, John McLeod, had homes in Lakewood, Colo.,
and Lakeside, Ore., until his death in 2001. She moved permanently to
Lakeside and in Dec. 2007, she moved to Eagle Point, to live with her
In April 2008, she broke her hip, which led to complications she was not able to overcome.
is survived by two brothers, Bill Cooper of Stockton and Fred Cooper of
Santa Maria; four daughters, Judy, Susan, Carol and Nancy, eight
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
her parents, her husband, her companion and her sister, Amy Altree.
Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.