February 21, 1948 - October 26, 2022
The following was sent from Marsha's sister.
A memorial Service for Marsha will be at Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church in Seatac, Wa.
Saturday November 12 @ 1:00PM.
There will be a reception at the church following the memorial.
Marsha's life was a melody of joy, fulfillment, work, fun, happiness and some sorrow too. Faith, family, friends, learning, teaching, music, skiing, and travel were her focus in life. Marsha was blessed with a Christian family. Having wonderful parents, Paul and Thelma Hay, and great siblings, Nola, Thomas, Kevin, and Wallace. Marsha was happily married to her handsome sweetheart Karl Merz, an electrical engineer and Boeing Development and Design Manager, for more than 30 years. They had many good and loyal friends. Marsha was a faithful member of Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church for more than 60 years.
After graduating from Tyee High School Marsha earned an AA with honors from Highline College and a BA cum laude from the University of Washington. She earned her Washington State Teaching Credentials and endorsements at the University of Washington as well.
Marsha was an International Flight Attendant for Flying Tigers (now part of FedEx) from 1969 to 1992. She flew U.S. military personnel throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Flying Tigers also flew religious pilgrims to Israel and Saudi Arabia. In her later years Marsha worked as a K-12 school teacher for the Issaquah public school district, and enjoyed doing volunteer work for the Issaquah Theatre and Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Marsha and Karl enjoyed traveling the world extensively until Karl had a devastating stroke in 2009, leaving him a quadriplegic. Marsha cared for Karl for many years until he passed away in 2018.
After battling lung cancer for years while caring for Karl and beyond, Marsha passed peacefully in October 2022. Marsha loved and was loved.
A memorial Service for Marsha will be at Beautiful Saviour Lutheran Church in Seatac, Wa. Saturday November 12 @ 1:00PM. There will be a reception at the church following the memorial.
Flight Attendant Robin Pestarino and Captain Larry LeFever flew many times with Marsha and submit the following:
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