Elk Point- Marcia G. Bright died January 7 at the age of 98. She would have been 99 February 5th.
Marcia was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn, Elk Point, South Dakota, her daughter Denise VanHouten, Star, Idaho, and her brother Franklyn Uhl, Bozeman, Montana. She is survived by son Larry K. Bright in Elk Point and son-in-law Jay VanHouten in Star, Idaho, and her sister Mary Vivian Smith, in Livingston, Montana. She has four grandchildren Sheryl and David VanHouten in Star and Heather Kahlbaugh in Duluth and Jason Bright in Minneapolis. She also has three great grandchildren and many cherished nieces and nephews in Montana, Idaho, and California. She
delighted in knowing and traditions and humor of her friends from Taiwan, China, Iraq, India, and Tanzania.
From a young age, Marcia was a serious student of piano in Clyde Park, Montana. She completed her bachelor's degree in elementary education and piano at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. She contributed over fifty years to private music lessons and teaching. She played for many country dances as a younger person.
She began her teaching career in a rural school near Clyde Park where she had a self-contained classroom with students from all eight grades. In Wendell she served as pianist and organist in the Presbyterian Church, and in Belgrade, Montana, she performed in "The Twin Grand Pianos with Marcia and Eleanor" at the Shelhammer Beaumont Supper Club which was a popular place for dance music in the 1960's.
Marcia was an active partner with her husband Glenn in business interests in dairy farming near Wendell, Idaho, farm equipment sales, and auto-repair and service in Belgrade, Montana. (with Glenn's brother James at Bright's Husky). In 1994 Marcia and Glenn moved to South Dakota to help Larry and Leah establish a registered horse farm Brightstar Saddlebreds, Inc. near Elk Point.
Marcia was as skillful in stacking hay, milking Holsteins, raising a garden, baking her well-known cherry pie, and managing business records, as she was in playing tunes of Frank Sinatra and Scott Joplin or symphonies of Chaikovsky or Chopin. Marcia was an energetic and steady contributor to many community initiatives, including those of the Rebekah Lodge where she was a long-term member in Wendell. She was a contemporary pioneer woman.
In the last years of her life, she slowed down a bit as congestive heart failure advanced and found her in the care of Prairie Estates, a kind nursing home in Elk Point. Her son and his wife, and her best recent friend Grace Gregg remained by her side through the last difficult days.
Services will be held this next Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Brule Creek Lutheran Church, with memorial service at 7:00 followed by community time to celebrate her long life of service to others.
Her ashes will be placed next to her husband in Wendell, Idaho.
Funeral arrangements have been made by Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion/Elk Point. Condolences may be posted online to www.koberfuneralhome.com.