Marcia Louise Ake, 80

Published 9:18 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Marcia Louise Ake

Born: Feb. 18, 1933

Died: June 17, 2013

Marcia Louise Ake, 80, of Dowagiac, passed away Monday, June, 17, 2013, at South Bend Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Ind.

Marcia Ake

Marcia Ake

 Marcia was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Grand Traverse County to Carl K. and Ruth M. (Harrigan) Weaver.

 On Feb. 24, 1951, she married her late husband Hazen “Jim” Ake, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Grand Traverse County. 

Marcia worked for 38 years at Kroger Co. as a meat wrapper. 

Marcia is survived by: her four children, Debra Louise (Larry) Cripe, of Edwardsburg, Ruth Marie (Calvin) Knudson, of Granger, Ind., Hazen Charles (Cynthia) Ake, of Niles and Wincton Carl (Cheryl) Ake, of Niles; four sisters, Carol Jean Ackles, of Ithaca, Carolyn (Ralph) Beneke, of Niles, Elaine Putney of Benzonia and Catherine (Larry) Leckrone, of Copemish; two brothers, Maurice (Bonnie) Weaver, of Kingsley and DuWayne (Jean) Weaver of Traverse City; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her three parents, Carl K. and Ruth M. (Harrigan) Weaver, and Marguerite Weaver; her husband, Hazen “Jim” Ake; her brothers, John and Samuel Weaver; and sister, Patricia “Pat” Powelson. 


Marcia touched the lives of all who knew her by her deep faith, which she displayed in every aspect of her life. She was devoted to God, her family and her friends.


She was a loving, generous, caring and compassionate person with a gentle spirit. A woman of faith, she enjoyed her daily devotions and prayer time. She was a longtime member of the Holy Maternity Choir, Monday Angels and HALO (Hope and Love Outreach).


She and her husband, Jim, shared a love of nature, spending time taking walks on their land, gardening, caring for animals and watching wildlife. She found great joy in her garden. After working in it she would sit and soak in its serenity and gaze at its beauty.


She also was a great cook and accomplished baker who enjoyed sharing the fruits of her labor by baking for St. Paul’s community and preparing and serving luncheons for her church. She collected cookbooks and had a multitude of recipes.


She had a passion for decorating beautiful cakes that were unique for each special celebration. She loved arts and crafts and her home and garden filled with lovely creation. Marcia believed in celebrating life and its special moments. She worked tirelessly to make events special for family members and created beautiful memories for everyone. She had a way of making each person feel special. She is so loved.


Visitation will be Sunday, June 23, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Yazel-Clark Chapel and Cremation Services, 405 Center St., with the rosary said at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.


Burial will follow on Tuesday, June, 25, at 1 p.m. at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens, 3575 Veterans Drive, Traverse City.


Memorials may be made to Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church. 


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