Marcella Rose Halliday
Marcella Rose (West) Halliday was born Nov. 22, 1917, to Regina Rose and Edgar R. West. She was born in her parent's home east of Edmond, Okla., on their family farm of 164 acres which is now Arcadia Lake. Marcella always had fond memories of growing up on the farm. She was the second of five children. Her siblings were Ruth, Ray, Daisy and Ely. Marcella attended all eight grades at Pleasant Valley then attended Edmond High School for two years. She completed high school at Arcadia High School, graduating in 1935. She remained friends with many of her classmates and childhood friends throughout her life. She remembered the dust bowl era and had to walk to school 1¾ miles each way. She attended Draughon Business College and then accepted a position in the Ramsey Tower beginning a long career in business.
Marcella caught the eye of the love of her life, Farr Halliday, at a mixer of her professional sorority, Phi Tau Omega, a national social and philanthropic organization. Tau Omega is known for its service and generosity to communities throughout the United States focusing on education and assisting the less fortunate. She was also involved as a member of the P.E.O. International which is a philanthropic organization that focuses on the advancement of women. She and Farr married Sept. 28, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and they moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where she partnered in business with her husband. Farr and Marcella's son, Jay, was born while they lived in Des Moines. Marcella was a wonderful wife and loving mother to her son. Marcella and Farr then returned to Edmond to retire.
She was known for her flair for fashion, excellent taste and love for entertaining. Marcella loved the Lord with her whole heart and was faithful to the end. She was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Edmond. Marcella's roots and heritage were so important to her. She was the family photographer and documented family get-togethers, vacations and holidays. Marcella had a quick mind and a thirst for knowledge. She also had an adventurous and independent spirit even as she entered her 100s. She loved to travel and drive herself.
She is survived by her son, Jay and his wife, Ann; grandson Will; and dear friend Marilyn. Her family was her pride and joy.
Words can't express how much she will be missed by her family, adopted family and friends. She was loved, adored and admired by all who knew her.
A memorial to celebrate her life will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the First Christian Church in Edmond, Okla. The internment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following the service.
Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.
Published on November 13, 2019


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Darelyn Harris
Nov 15, 2019
I am glad to have known her even if it was just a little. I always admired her obvious vivacious personality, and live for life. She was always impeccably dressed with every hair in place too. How did she accomplish that? I'd always wonder. Love and prayers to all her loved ones. May Gods perpetual light shine on her face