Marcia (Fry) Younggren
  • Memorials may be directed to the Southwest Iowa Humane Society, 692 East LaPerla Street, Clarinda, Iowa 51632

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God grant her eternal peace. ”
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“Marcia was a great light that will be missed. Always friendly and dear, we enjoyed each visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with all. ”
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Funeral services for Marcia Younggren, age 82, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, March 18, 2011 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska will be held Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Joy Vincent Thaiparambil officiating. Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Southwest Iowa Humane Society. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Marcia Jean (Fry) Younggren, 82, entered into peace on Friday, March 18, 2011, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, following a brief illness.

Marcia was born on October 13, 1928, in Hopkins, Missouri, the second eldest daughter of Floyd Charles Fry and Florence Marie (Foster) Fry. The family later moved to Clarinda, and Marcia attended school and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1946. Marcia was united in marriage to Richard Merle Bromley on July 26, 1946, and they were blessed with a son, Richard Lee Bromley on August 30, 1947. They moved to Shenandoah, and Marcia worked at Shenandoah Hospital and was a homemaker. In the early 1970’s, Marcia moved to Omaha, Nebraska and was a receptionist for OB GYN Associates. She spent many years there, and she loved her work and the people she worked with.

In the 1980’s, Marcia was introduced by mutual friends to Robert Younggren and on this “blind date”, Bob found his “Sunshine Girl”. They were married on October 10, 1987 at an old mission church in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Marcia and Bob lived on Bob’s farm in rural Essex, Iowa and Marcia converted Bob into a lover of camping. They enjoyed many years of camping and traveling experiences, going south for the winter months. The “snowbirds” enjoyed a special fondness of their many months in Gulf Shores, Alabama and many close friendships were made there while enjoying many games of Aggravation, dominoes and cards.

Marcia and Bob moved to Kimberling City, Missouri in 1994 and enjoyed many close friendships there. While living in Kimberling City, they would travel to Louisiana to spend Christmas with son, Richard and his wife, Karen, and then would travel on to Gulf Shores, Alabama to stay during the remaining winter months. In October, 2009, Marcia and Bob moved to Clarinda, and local family members were happy to see them back. Many meals and fond memories were shared together.

Marcia had a very special love for all of her pets: Peg, Danny, Gidget, Choo, Andee, Abby, Patty Ann and Dewey; and she was a supporter of her local Humane Society. Memorials may be directed to the Southwest Humane Society, 692 East LaPerla Street, Clarinda, Iowa 51632.

Preceding Marcia in death were her parents and grandparents; sisters, Betty Sipes and Yvonne (Peggy) (Borden) Lacey; brothers-in-law, Marvin Borden and Gilbert Lacey; mother-in-law, Famie Younggren; and step-son, Dennis Hanson.

Left to cherish Marcia;s memory are her husband, Robert Younggren of Clarinda; son, Richard Bromley and wife Karen of Stonewall, Louisiana; sister, Virginia Hunter and husband Bill of Clarinda, Iowa; brother-in-law, Norman Younggren and wife Marilyn of Essex, Iowa; many nieces and nephews who loved their aunt very much and many, many friends. Marcia is also greatly missed by her pets, Patty Ann and Dewey.

The Ship

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails
in the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand
and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of
white cloud just where the sea and sky
come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, “There she goes”!
Gone where? Gone from my sight...that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she
was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at that moment when someone says,
“There she goes!” there are other eyes watching her
coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes”!”
Henry Jackson Van Dyke (1852-1933)