Marcia Louise Croka
Marcia Louise Croka lived a long and full life which began October 14, 1925. She passed from this life on October 28, 2019. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 8, 10am at Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK with the Rev. Marilynn Schellhamer officiating.

Marcia was born to Hildred (Dougherty) and Henry Fred Schutkesting in Lacey, OK. Marcia grew up on the family farm in the Lacey community learning farming skills from her dad and domestic skills from her mother. She was a star basketball player and president of her senior class. She met Ross Croka at a dance and they began a romance that lasted 40 plus years. They were married in Lacey on May 16, 1943. After marrying, Ross and Marcia moved to Kansas City to work in manufacturing plants to aide in the war effort. After the war, they bought a farm south of Cushing, OK where they raised their children, Ann and Don.

In 1975, Ross and Marcia sold the farm and moved to Lake Tenkiller where Marcia continued her 20 year career with the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier. She was an active member of the Cookson United Methodist Church, TACO Association and the Rural Mail Carriers Association.

Marcia was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She had many hobbies throughout her life including cooking, golf, quilting, reading, cards, and jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed making apple butter, strawberry jam, and chex mix to share with family and friends during the holidays. She hand pieced approximately 120 quilts in her spare time for each one of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Marcia learned to play golf in her early 60's and was good enough to make three holes in one! She traveled to many golf tournaments throughout the state participating in the Women's Oklahoma Golf Association.

Marcia is survived by her children, Ann Yaw of Oklahoma City, Don Croka and wife Jeanne of Stillwater; grandchildren Carole Mayabb and husband Daniel of Yukon, Sandy Roberts and husband Bill of Edmond, Susan Lauvach and husband Mike of Yukon, Jill Croka and husband Adam Murphy of Tulsa, and Matt Croka and Tara Stitcher of Yachats, OR.; great grandchildren Stacia Morrison and husband Michael of Oklahoma City, Andrew Bushman of Yukon, Allie Roberts of Edmond, Emma and husband Skylar Petry of Yukon, Katie Roberts of Edmond, and Brooks Murphy of Tulsa; great-great grandchildren Cash Morrison of Oklahoma City, Troy Petry of Yukon and Addison Petry of Yukon; sister, Donna Lessley; sister in law, Nova Schutkesting; and many nieces and nephews.

Marcia is preceded in death by her husband, Ross Croka; both parents, Hildred and Henry Schutkesting; two brothers, Russell Schutkesting and Hank Schutkesting.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Cushing Public Library, 215 N. Steele Ave, Cushing, OK 74023.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home.
Published on November 5, 2019

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