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DeGRACIE, Marlene Passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 26, 2018. She lived a beautifully caring life as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, godmother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was born Marlene McDonald in Long Beach, California on February 5, 1939 and grew up in a busy home with four sisters and three brothers: Dyan (Jack) Lancaster, Stevie (Don) Teufel, Tammy Lawler, Monica Stotts, Larry (deceased), Tim (deceased), and Dennis McDonald. After obtaining her AA degree from Mt San Antonio College in Walnut, California, she was married and started a family. As her young family grew, Marlene created loving homes in California, Kansas, Iowa, Utah, and California (again) before eventually settling in Mesa, Arizona in 1972. She proudly worked in the Mesa Public Schools payroll office for 20 years until retiring in 2006. She loved her work and the ability to help people, earning praise and recognition for her compassion and caring for employees. Marlene loved to travel and see plays especially with her dear friend Barb Cavolaski. She also took great pleasure and pride attending her kids' and grandkids' school, church and sporting activities. She was preceded in death by her daughter Denise and is survived by James DeGracie (ex-husband), her children: Debra (Scott) Kennedy, Dan (Becky), Don, and Darren (Tami) DeGracie along with eight grandchildren: Nicole West, Dillon and Colin Kennedy; Jake DeGracie and Jaden Bailey; Canon, Blaze, and Pierson DeGracie and three great grandchildren, also many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Marlene taught her children to always be kind and put others first by the example she set in her own life. She readily welcomed people into her home and instantly made them feel like family. She was considered by many to be a ‘second’ mother or grandmother and will be missed dearly by all who knew her. Funeral mass was held at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa, AZ, on Friday, April 20, 10:00 AM with interment immediately following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, AZ. Please Sign the Guestbook at eastvalleytribune.com
Published on  April 22, 2018
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