Obituary of Marcelle Cary
Marcelle Cary died on October 12, 2023. She was 98.
Marcelle was born in Denver, Colorado, on November 10, 1924 to mother, Ida Lavitt Aaron, and father, David Aaron with family roots from Lithuania and Russia. She has one younger sister, Jan Aaron who is disabled with chronic medical illness at age 94 in NYC. Marcelle grew up in Denver and graduated from East High School. Marcelle lost some hearing in her teens as a complication from measles and this progressed to total deafness over the ensuing years. She had a great ability to read lips and hardly anyone could notice she was deaf, and nothing could stop her ability to live her life to the fullest. In restaurants, she could always tell us about the conversations around her.
Marcelle met her husband, Daniel Cary, on a blind date when she was 17 years old and married soon after. Her husband was in the Army Air Force, trained to be a pilot and worked as an engineer on planes in Denver, Lowry Field. He served in the Asian and African War Theatres in World War II. Dan would write love letters to his wife religiously which she treasured and kept until her last day. Marcelle and Dan had three children, Jeffrey, Jill and Jim. While Dan was away serving his country, Marcelle was a devoted mother and managed the childrens’ needs. She was surrounded by her extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins in Denver.
Marcelle was a great cook and loved to bake. She would make prime rib and her famous apple pie crowned with a sugary syrup at the edges every Friday night before the kids moved away for school. She baked delicious cookies and sold them commercially in Denver. When their kids were grown, she and Dan traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe and they brought back interesting souvenirs and pictures. After Dan passed away, she moved to Southern California to live near her daughter, Jill, and eventually moved to Seattle, WA to live near her son, Jeff. She easily made friends wherever she resided and always kept a meticulous home.
Marcelle was young at heart. In Newport Beach, she kept active and did aerobics and she loved to shop. She was always stylishly matched and loved bright colors with her great taste in clothes. And miraculously her hair never turned gray with the help of her stylists. She loved visits from her grandchildren, Andrew, Kim, Nick, Cari, and Micah. She loved making her famous ice cream Jello combinations, white cake with fresh strawberries, delicious coffee cake, and many varieties of cookies for her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
Marcelle is survived by her son Jeff Cary (Missy Cary), daughter Jill Valenstein (Richard Valenstein), son Jim Cary (Nancy Cary); her grandchildren Andrew Cary (Valerie Cary), Kim Lengle (Rafferty Lengle), Nick Cary (Nicole Cary), Cari Ann Potts (Jared Potts), Micah Cary, and her great-granchildren, Tyler Cary, Lathan Lengle, Mikayla Cary, Quinn Lengle, Colton Cary, Cameron Cary, Everett Potts, and Jameson Potts; her sister Jan Aaron and her cousins Carol Torgove and Family and Terry Seiver and Family and Mel Lavitt and family. She is also survived by her dog of 9 years, Bella, who Gammy treasured as her constant and dependable companion. We will all miss the special visits.
Graveside service, Sunday, October 22nd at 11:45am at Emanuel Cemetery.