Marcella Chiavaras, 92, passed away on January 5, 2013, in Providence, Utah. She was a long-time resident of Azalea and Roseburg before moving to northern Utah in 2011 to be closer to family.
Born on June 15, 1920, in Spokane, Washington, to Ross and Marjorie Bower, Marcella’s family soon moved to southern California where she grew up and married Howard Chiavaras in Burbank on June 15, 1941, her 21st birthday.
After graduating high school, Marcella attended Occidental College in California and later completed her education at Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon.
She and Howard moved to Azalea, Oregon in 1947 and bought the Azalea General Store which they ran for several years. Marcella began her teaching career at the one-room Galesville School in 1948. She then taught elementary school at Canyonville School before becoming its principal in 1961. She retired in 1980. Throughout her life, Marcella’s love for her schools and the children attending them never wavered.
After retirement, Marcella and Howard traveled and enjoyed their family. After Howard’s death in 1990, Marcella continued to travel and participate in community events.
Marcella is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Howard, and her sister Anita Keyes.
Survivors include son Ross Chiavaras of Great Falls, Montana, his wife Colleen, and their children and grandchildren - Rachel Chiavaras; Daniel Chiavaras and his daughter Erykah; and Marci Chiavaras and her children Thomas and Joel; son, David Chiavaras of Garden City, Utah, and his wife Karon and their children and grandchild - Lea Chiavaras Clark, her husband Brett and their son Aedan; and Andrew Chiavaras.
A memorial service will be held at the Evergreen Room at Seven Feathers in Canyonville on Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m. Pastor Wayne Mick from her beloved Azalea Community Church will be officiating. Interment will be a private ceremony at Roseburg’s Veterans Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to your local school, Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association, or the charity of your choosing.