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Marion Martha (Clark) McConville


Marion Martha (Clark) McConville

Marion Martha (Clark) McConville

Marion M. McConville died peacefully at her Eagle River home on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 76.

Her family said: "Marion devoted her life to her husband of 57 years, Joe, and together they raised their three sons, Jeffery, Joseph III and Thomas. She loved the lord and was an active and much admired member of the church. Marion retired as a secretary from Anchorage Refuse. She also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, the ocean, traveling, babysitting, baking, knitting and children — especially babies. She took care of many children during her life, even babysitting for more than one generation in a family. Taking words from her granddaughter, Ryan: 'I love you grandma! You are an amazing, beautiful and strong woman...' I don't think anyone would disagree. She was a gracious, kind, loving, generous and vivacious woman who would do anything to help anyone. She was our rock, our matriarch, and always offered nurturing guidance and the occasional lecture when she felt it necessary. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed."

She is survived by her husband, Joe; sons and daughters-in-law Jeff and Cindy McConville of Spokane, Wash., Joseph III and Tina McConville of Sunnyvale, Calif. and Tom McConville and Lori Thomas of Wasilla; grandchildren and their spouses Jeffery McConville Jr. and Rachel Christman of St. Louis, Mo., Shane and Shellie McConville of Spokane, Greg and Amanda McConville of Washougal, Wash., Wendy Hall of Spokane, Bryan McConville and Casondra Williams of Spokane, Dustin and Brittney Pryor of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ryan and Dylan McConville, both of Wasilla; and great-grandchildren Justin, Derek, Brayden, Aspen, Sandra, Alexis, Kaiden, Rohnan, Kaylee and Leland — with three more due in the next few months.

Services were held at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Eagle River on July 8.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.