Marcella Ketler
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Marcella Ketler
  • January 17, 1920 - August 21, 2017
  • Gig Harbor, Connecticut

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Marcella M. Ketler, age 97, was born in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Stadium High School. She attended Pacific Lutheran University and sang in the Choir of the West where she met her future husband, Arnold. After graduation, Marcella taught school until she and Arnold were married at the onset of WWII. They later began a family where she was a faithful mother of five children. She was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church and taught young married Bible study class every week for many years. Her love for God and Family was key to her life.


Prayer was one of her special gifts that she used from God. In her last years she made daily time to consistently pray for her list of over 500 people. She knew the power of prayer! She knew the importance of sharing the truth of God's Word with everyone she met. She typically would ask a new acquaintance, "Do you know the Lord as your Savior?" Marcella rejoiced that her children and grandchildren all knew their Lord, Jesus Christ, as their Savior.


Marcella and Arnold traveled around the world to see many of the missionaries that they supported and loved. One of the highlights of her life was to give to missions and support and pray for missionaries. Her life Bible verse was Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." This verse, in a letter from her, uplifted Arnold when he was in the Army Air Corp and flying over the Himalayas in WWII.


Marcella was very creative and loved painting and ceramic arts. For many years, she and Arnold would gather driftwood and mount seagulls of various sizes for gift shops. Ketler Kreations seagulls are unmistakable. Marcella is survived by five children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Along with her husband of over 70 years, Marcella is now "Safe in the arms of Jesus."


Memorial Service is Saturday September 9, 2017, 2:00 PM Temple Baptist Church, Tacoma Washington. Memorials to Temple Baptist Church Missions.