Fay Marcus was born Fay Gertrude Ammerman on April 24, 1942, to Nan and Trena (Meyer) Ammerman of rural Clara City, Minnesota. After battling ocular melanoma metastasis for years, she went to be with her Lord on January 1, 2019. She was 76 years old.
She attended the Clara City Public School grades 1-12. Following graduation, she went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then to the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with emphasis on organ and voice. She taught for one year in the Bloomington, MN elementary schools as a Music Consultant while also being organist/choir director at Andrew Presbyterian Church near the university.
Her husband, Ron Marcus, graduated from the U of MN Dental School in 1966, was sent to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ, where he spent two years in active duty. Afterwards he and Fay made their home in Phoenix where they have resided the last 52 years.
Besides being organist, choir director and Director of Music Ministries in various churches, Fay volunteered much of her time with Calvary Rehabilitation Center, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Phoenix. She started with the Ladies Auxiliary, then became a board member, and eventually president of the Board of Directors. In 1990, she was offered the position of Director of Development. From 1998 to 2001 she worked with the Reformed Church in North America denomination to be the representative for the Synod of the Far West for Urban Ministries. In 2001, both she and Ron retired and spent many years traveling and enjoying summer places in Minnesota and California.
Fay is survived by her husband, Ron; two sons, Ronald (Sheree) and Rick (Stacey); four grandchildren Kaela, Allison, Wyatt and Emmett; along with sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and grandnieces and nephews; and many cousins. Fay was preceded in death by her only sister, Minnie Mae, at 15 years of age; her parents and grandparents.
Fay does not remember a time in her life when God was not central in her life. She was raised by Godly parents who started her on her spiritual journey. Church and church activities were always very important to her.
A Celebration of Life and Faith services held at 10:00 am on Saturday January 12, 2019 at Trinity Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85003. Parking is available in the garage just North of the Cathedral.
Memorial gifts may be made to House of Refuge in Sunnyslope, AZ, a transitional program for single moms and for men being let out of prison; or to Trinity Cathedral Music for their outreach into the community thru excellent performances.Print Obituary & Condolences