Marcella I. Holland Burks

December 24, 2009

Marcella I. Holland Burks, 91, formerly of Frankfort, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2009 in Chesterton, IN. Born April 17, 1918 in Frankfort, IN to Roy and Flossie (Meneely) Michael. She married Rutherford “Brick” Holland on September 18, 1935 who preceded her in death in 1969. She then married Charles Burks in November 1972 and he passed away in 2006. Marcella spent her life devoted to music and her faith. A 1936 graduate of Frankfort High School, she was the choir director for the Hope United Methodist Church in Frankfort for many years. Her piano playing as an accompanist contributed to many weddings, funerals, service clubs, dance bands in addition to working with the Indiana State Junior Miss Program for 20 years. She also taught piano to many Frankfort residents throughout the years. Marcella continued to serve the Lord with her music in Pine Island, Florida moving there in 1972. In 2006 she moved to Chesterton to be closer to her family where she remained active in her music ministry.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service in celebration of Marcella’s life will be held at 12:30 PM, Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the Hope United Methodist Church in Frankfort. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope United Methodist Church.

Survived by:

2 Daughters: Mrs. Robert E. (Carolyn) Jones of Chesterton, IN Joyce Anita Holland of Ft. Wayne, IN 3 Grandchildren, 2 Step Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren


3 Condolences for “Marcella I. Holland Burks”

  1. Nancy Meneely Corwin December 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. I enjoyed writing back and forth with your mother about the Meneely family. She was such a lovely and wonderful person. She will be sadly missed. Nancy

  2. Ron and Erilda Coleman December 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Our prayers are with you and your families. We all know how special your mother was to so many of us. Oh how she loved her music and loved to “tickle” those ivory keys and shared that talent with so many of us.
    Now she will be directing that “heavenly choir” we are all waiting to hear someday.
    God bless & what wonderful memories we all have. Ron & Erilda

  3. Ruth Pearcy December 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    I was a good neighbor and my daughter, Marsha, took piano lessons from her. We used to go buffalo hunting in the car sometimes with a bag if popcorn and we always thought that as fun.
    Marsha and Joyce were pretty good friends but all three of us girls use to be at your house, Karen and Penny Pearcy. That is when you lived on Kyger Street and we lived on John Street. Then we moved out in the country in Rossville.
    Joyce if you remember Marsha Crose “Pearcy” her number is 1-765-474-5179
    Your mother was a wonderful person, she was always a busy person; how she did it we always wondered. Us girls even went to church where she played the piano. I am 88 years old now and can’t see very well and am very hard on hearing but I wanted you girls to know I and my daughters really thought a lot of her and you girls, too.
    Wish you Sympathy,
    Ruth Pearcy & Daughters

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