She resided in her home in Gold Beach more than 33 years. She was a good neighbor and had a strong faith a in her creator, Jehovah God. She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a dedicated and faithful servant up to her death. She believed in promised resurrection of the dead, who would live again here on the earth in a paradise condition. This was a promise given by Jehovah God, the true God of the Bible. This was a strong belief that Marcella, her family, friends and worldwide association of friends believed in.
Marcella was born in Gary, S.D. She was the sixth child of seven children born to Charles and Mary MacNalley-Eckhardt. She was raised by her father and siblings – her mother having died when she was 5 years of age.
Marcella met her lifelong mate, Roger F. Bacon, in Austin, Minn. Their union produced five children: Barbara Ann, Francis “John” Duane, Robert “Bob” Franklin, Laura Jean and Paula Kay.
Marcella and Roger moved to Hayward, Calif. in 1951. The first place she worked was at Bacon’s Café. People who came in thought she owned it. Marcella was a great cook and many in Gold Beach and Brookings and in places throughout her life enjoyed her culinary creations.
At the age of 13 she was farmed out to work for a farmer and his wife to help care and cook for their family as well as the farmhands. Here she learned to cook from scratch, an ability she had throughout her lifetime.
During her early married years, she and her husband Roger lived in Austin, Minn., and worked at the well- known Hormel plant there. During the war years employees were not allowed to quit their jobs without a doctor’s note; Marcella got one when she was seven months pregnant with her fourth child. In Hormel’s 100th year anniversary magazine there was an insert of about nine women who were the first allowed to work in a line at the factory, a position previously reserved only for men. She was among the nine women in that insert.
When the couple retired in 1978, they moved to Gold Beach.
Marcella is survived by her sons Francis “John” Duane and his wife Sharyn, Robert “Bob” Franklin and his wife Pat; her daughters Laura Jean, Paula Kay, and Paula’s husband Steve. She also leaves behind a multitude of grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She had two nieces she was especially fond of: Kloia Shelley, who preceded her in death, and Alvina Krueger, of Iowa.
In 1990, Marcella was preceded in death by her husband Roger, after a marriage of almost 54 years; their eldest daughter Barbara preceded his death in 1986 – an unexpected tragedy for the whole family. She is also preceded by her parents; her siblings Eva, Edward, Barney, Mildred, Mary and Lillian, as well as an infant grandchild.
She will be dearly missed by her immediate family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Fifth Place, in Gold Beach. A memorial reception will immediately follow.
Remembrances may be made, in her name, to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or Coastal Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 493, Gold Beach, OR 97444.
Submitted by the family.