Ruby Janice Marra, 64, of Edina, Missouri, passed away Monday, May 28, 2007 at the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina, Missouri.
Janice was born on November 14, 1942, in Knox City, Missouri, the daughter of James Elsworth and Clara Marie House Hettinger.
She was raised in the Knox City, Missouri community and graduated from the Knox City High School with the Class of 1960. After high school, Janice attended cosmetology school and college where she earned a degree as a certified nurse’s assistant. She worked several years at both LaBelle and Knox County Nursing homes and also the Knox County High School before retiring. Janice enjoyed sewing and crocheting but most of all she loved the time spent with her boys and grandchildren.
For the last five years Janice resided in Moberly, Missouri acting as a caregiver to her granddaughter, Kaitlin, before returning to Edina when her health failed this spring.
On February 23, 1963, Janice married Patrick Marra and to this union three sons were born.
Janice is survived by her three sons: James Francis Marra of Edina, Missouri, Gregory Allen and his wife Cindy Marra of Edina, Missouri and Charles Lee “Chuck” Marra of Moberly, Missouri; two sisters: Yvonne and her husband Jack McCauley of Edina, Missouri and Sharon and her husband Donnie Strange of Knox City, Missouri; Two grandchildren, Brandon James Marra and Kaitlin Christine Marra; two step grandchildren, LeAnne Cynthia Babbette Porterfield and Stephen Clay Eldridge; eight step great-grandchildren, Destini Nicole Lynn Best, Kirsten Lee Best, Jacob Christopher Porterfield, Matthew Stephen Bilyeu, Kailee Jean Elizabeth Bilyeu, Jasmine Marie Eldridge, Hannah Nicole Eldridge and Aleah Nicole Testerman; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Goodwin Hettinger.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 4, 2007 at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Father Bill Kottenstette officiated and music was provided by Kevin Vannoy. Casket Bearers were Ronnie McCauley, Chris McCauley, Kirk Strange, Kent Strange, Roger McCauley, and Doug Farris along with Honorary Bearers Jason McCauley, Randall Hettinger, Keith Strange, Tim McCauley, Duane Hall, Dennis McCauley, Kevin Strange, Robert McCauley, Tom McCauley, Kelli Huchteman, Kim Penn, Kesi Clary, Karla Kelly, Cindy Long, Christina McCauley, and Corrine McCauley .
An expression of sympathy may be left to Janice’s grandchildren’s education fund. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri, 6353