May 21, 1935 – January 4, 2013
Marcella Marie Drannen( Marci, Mac) died from complications of Alzheimer’s, January 4, 2012 at The Madrid Nursing Home in Madrid, IA.
She was born in Anita, IA on May 21, 1935, the daughter of a John Deere mechanic, Cecil McAfee, and Mary Egan McAfee, a school teacher in a one-room school. Marci and her sister Marjorie were thrilled to move to the big town of Jefferson in 1942. Marci was very active in the Methodist church and waitressed at the hot spot in town, Louie’s Candy Kitchen, where she served many folks ice cream and cigars.
After graduation from Jefferson High, Marci followed in her big sister Marj to the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing. She proudly graduated in 1956; despite meeting Ronald Reagan, sneaking out to go to dances and generally having too much fun. Against everyone’s wishes, she traveled to Florida by herself in 1957 for a year to work as the camp nurse at a Methodist Youth camp.
She met and married the love of her life, Duncan A. Drannen, at a picnic in 1958 where Dunc was supposed to be meeting somebody else. They met, danced and became best friends. He proposed to her at Greenwood Park in April of 1960 and they married 6 months later at the Methodist church in Jefferson. They never stopped dancing, even with Dunc’s brittle diabetes, until his death in 1998.
During the course of her 52 year nursing career, Marci touched hundreds of lives. As a floor nurse at Methodist Hospital; as the Director of Nursing at Altoona and Luther Park Centers; as an instructor for nursing at DMACC; as a SE Polk school district nurse for 11 years; and as a part-time nurse for IA Health and Dr. Rosenberg, she cared for so many.
Marci was a dedicated member of St John’s Lutheran Church from 1965 until she could no longer attend in 2010. Among her many accomplishments and activities there, she was most proud of being the first woman on the Church Council; being President of LCW and WELCA; being in the church choir for over 40 years; being a member of Sarah group; and being named an Elder in 2009. Her church and the life-long friends she made there meant everything to her.
Outside of her professional and church careers, Marci was a devoted grandma. Her most special times came from indulging Dakota, Jackson, Ashley and Lilly. She took them on silly day trips; spoiled them with pumpkin bread and cookies; and came to every baseball and football game, dance recital, and birthday. They were her world.
Marci most loved spending time at the family cabin in the woods of NW Wisconsin; gardening; cooking; judging food at the Iowa State Fair; traveling with her “Solo” girlfriends; watching ISU sports; and spending time with her family. She was a force to be reckoned with and a living example of the Golden Rule.
Marci is survived by her son, Scott Paul Drannen of Murray, NE, his wife Jodi and grandchildren Dakota and Lily; her daughter, Anne Cecilia Drannen and Tim Small of Urbandale, IA, and grandchildren Jackson and Ashley; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Duncan; her parents; her sister Marjorie; and her infant brother Cecil.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6th and Keosauqua, Des Moines. Memorial contributions can be made to the Madrid Nursing Home in Madrid, IA.
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