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In Memory

Marcia McWilliams (Gordon)

January 5, 1945 - April 24, 2010

Marcia Nell Gordon, 65, passed away suddenly, but peacefully, at her home on the evening of April 24, 2010.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 38 years, Kenneth B. Gordon; son, Joshua Gordon, his wife, Michelle, and their children, Marley and Rider, of Simi Valley, California; son, Nicholas Gordon of St. Paul, Minnesota; sister, Marvel Mott of Riverview, Michigan; nephew, Scott Corso, his wife Michele, and their children, Caden, Jaxson, and Ciera, of Riverview, Michigan; six aunts, two uncles, and a multitude of cousins.

Marcia was born in Hays, Kan., to Harold S. McWilliams and Bettie I. (White) McWilliams. The family moved to Salina, Kan., where she attended public schools, graduating from Salina High School in 1963. In 1967, she graduated from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., with a degree in education, moved to Camarillo, Calif., and taught at Las Posas Elementary School for eight years.

In 1971, she met, and in 1972, married her husband, Ken, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oxnard, Calif. She immediately became involved in the life of the church. She taught children's Sunday School and later, with Ken, served as the congregation's Co-Superintendents of Sunday School. In 1975, she resigned from teaching to raise sons, Joshua and Nicholas.

During her sabbatical from teaching, she became more involved in the United Methodist Women, first on the local level at St. Paul's, then in the Santa Barbara District, and finally in the Southern California-Arizona Conference. The contacts she made during this time resulted in creation of many life-long friendships.

In 1987, when son, Nick, entered Kindergarten, she returned to teaching, substituting in several Ventura County school districts. She returned to full-time teaching in 1988 in Oxnard, California. She taught at Driffill Elementary School, then moved to Emilie Ritchen Elementary School when it opened. In 2008, after a total of 26 years, she retired from teaching.

Marcia's leisure interests included reading, watching movies, listening to classical music, travel, and visiting with family and friends. During her teaching career, she and her family were able to make many trips to visit the extended family, but retirement allowed time for even more travel.

Shortly after her retirement, she and Ken left, with travel trailer in tow, on a two-month trip through Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, and into Missouri for sight-seeing, two family reunions, her 45-year high school reunion, and visits with many extended family members and friends. Upon return from the travel trailer "cruise", she volunteered in granddaughter Marley's Kindergarten class. The following summer she enjoyed a trip to Oregon for a wedding and visits with an aunt and several cousins, many of whom she had not seen for many years.

Retirement afforded her the opportunity to read or watch movies any time of the day or night, seven days a week, and she made significant inroads into her reading and movie lists. It also allowed more time to spend with the grandchildren and to visit with friends.

A service in celebration of Marcia's life will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010, in the sanctuary at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1800 South C Street, Oxnard, and will continue over supper in the church's Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you consider a donation to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, or Col. R.M. Baker Homes for Retired Ministers. A donation to any of these organizations can be sent to St. Paul's at the address above.


Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 29 to May 2, 2010.