It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marcia, exceptional wife, mother, grandmother and everyone's friend, on Oct. 14, 2016 in Fairbanks, at home with family at her bedside. Marcia was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Hartland, Vermont, a small picturesque New England town near the Connecticut River. Her parents were George and Mabel Stillson Virgus, and she had one younger brother, Allan, all of whom preceded her in death. Marcia attended a two-room grade school in Hartland, graduated in 1947 from Windsor High School, Vermont; loved music and played the drums in the high school band and attended Mary Washington University in Virginia for two years. Marcia was a popular girl with many friends, and in her younger years enjoyed growing up in Hartland, with summer swimming in the cold Vermont creek behind the schoolhouse, helping her uncle Frank on his farm, and, in winter, sledding on the local hilly back roads Marcia met her husband, Walt, in 1961, and they were married Jan. 23, 1962, at the First Congressional Church of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia, at the time, was employed by Split Ballbearing Co., of Lebanon, and Walt by the Cold Regions Research Engineering Research Labs in Hanover, New Hampshire. Walt was offered a two-year transfer to Fairbanks to work on the development of a permafrost tunnel in Fox, and after a brief discussion with Marcia, it was "North to Alaska." The journey north was a great opportunity to see Alaska, and, also, on the way, to stop at the World Fair in Seattle. They left New Hampshire in August 1962, driving to Seattle for the fair, then driving the Alaska Highway in a 1961 Corvette to Fairbanks, arriving in September; a trip they will always remember. What was supposed to be a two-year trip, became a life in Fairbanks. Marcia and Walt became the proud parents of three children, Michelle, born in 1963; Michael, in 1964; and Marc, in 1967. Marcia was the homemaker and enjoyed raising their children, spending the summers at their Harding Lake cottage, and enjoying all the water sports and boating. She also liked picking berries and partying with friends at the lake. Marcia enjoyed watching the kids doing athletic activities during their youths, and she loved flowers and gardening, and became an accomplished gourmet cook. She always enjoyed taking a trip somewhere. Marcia and Walt often spent winter holidays with their family in Hawaii, and they found time to visit Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, Budapest, Amsterdam, Greece and the Greek islands, and, in later years, took many cruises. The most enjoyable cruise was sailing with friends on a brigantine ship in the British Isles. As the children got older, and after many years working as a volunteer for various political campaigns, in 1981, Marcia accepted employment as U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski's Fairbanks special assistant. Marcia worked for the senator for 18 years, retiring in 1999. She considered that job as very challenging, and the most interesting job a person could have. Marcia enjoyed working for the senator, and described him as "the best boss." During her employment, Marcia met many U.S. state senators; three U.S. Interior secretaries; two presidents, George Bush Sr., and Ronald Reagan, and their wives; and Vice President Dan Quayle, and his wife. Marcia also worked on Pope John Paul II's visit to Fairbanks to meet with President Reagan, but never met the pope. When Marcia retired, she received many local accommodations and is listed in the Washington Congressional Record on Thursday, July 1, 1999. Marcia was a member of Pioneers of Alaska, Fairbanks Republican Women's Club, Top of the World Gardeners, Christmas Cookie Exchange, and past president of E.S.A. Sorority. Marcia also volunteered her time for many local projects and charities. Marcia is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Walter J.; daughter, Michele (Elias), and grandchildren Yannis and Julie, of Athens, Greece; son, Michael, (LeeAnne), and granddaughter Nita, of Fairbanks; son, Marc, of Fairbanks; stepdaughter, Heidi Cramian, (Norum), great-grandchildren JC, Annie, and Josephine; and sister-in-law, Elaine Kozielski; cousins, Eric, Bridget and Thomas Jr.; cousins, Sue Palmer, Hollie Bowen, Susan Crandell (Rod), and numerous relatives of the Stillson and Davis families in Vermont. Marcia was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Thomas Kozielski; and stepson, David Truex . Entering hospice care, Marcia said she had a good life and was not afraid to die. Focusing on happy memories, she referred to the poem "Afterglow" by Helen Lowrie Marshall. Marcia always will be remembered as a person who enjoyed life, everyone she met, everything she did and, most of all, her love for her family. Marcia will be buried at the family plot in Hartland, Vermont, next to her mother. There will be a church service Nov. 5, at the First Universalist Church of Hartland Four Corners, and a possible graveside service, weather permitting. Funeral services in Vermont will be provided by Knight Funeral Home, of Winsor, Vermont. A celebration of life for Marcia will be after the service. A celebration of Marcia's life in Fairbanks, will be at a later date, when the family can all be together. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Fairbanks Hospice and the staff for all the physical and moral support. Any donations in memory of Marcia can be made to Fairbanks Hospice, 2001 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701, or the First Universalist Church, P.O. Box 75, Hartland Four Corners, VT. 05049, or a charity of your choice. Marcia was never one to say "goodbye." It was always "toodle-loo." Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
... Show More