A celebration of her life was held at Plymouth Church, in Milwaukee, Tuesday, June 24.
A memorial will be planned at Willow Creek Cemetery near Royal, later this summer.
Marcia grew up on her family's farm near Royal and graduated from Royal High School in 1964. She was the valedictorian of her high school class and went on to graduate from Iowa State University, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. After a stint of teaching high school home economics in Elgin, Il., she came to Milwaukee to work as a professor at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, teaching nutrition. After several years teaching at UWM, Marcia devoted herself full time to educating and raising her sons and serving the local nonprofiet community. Marcia was a volunteer for numerous worthy organizations, specially in the areas of child abuse prevention and enrichment of Milwaukee parks. For the last 15 years she focused on her beloved Lake Park, a very large county park in Milwaukee, near her home, and located along the shores and bluffs of Lake Michigan. She was devoted to the restoration of its many treasures - especially the North Point Lighthouse.
She was preceded in death by only two days in death by her husband, Dr. Elliot Coles; and her father, Curtis Christenson, lifetime resident of Royal and Spencer.
Marcia is survived by her mother, Hazel Christenson of Spencer; sons: Peter and David; brothers: Dr. Brian Christenson and wife, Mary, and Steven Christenson and wife, Lisa Hondros; and sister, Susan Mahoney and husband, Mark.
Marcia asked that memorials be made to Lake Park Friends, P.O.Bx.71197, Milwaukee, WI 53211 or North Point Lighthouse Friends, PO Box 930, Milwaukee, WI 53201