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Marcella Bellinger
  • Memorial contributions may be made to:
  • Syracuse Wesleyan Church
    Syracuse, KS
  • Memorial contributions may be made to:
  • Hays Christian Church
    Hays, KS

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“Bruce and Family, We wre so sorry to hear of Marcella's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.May the Good Lord with you all at this...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Terry and Albina Branine - Pueblo, CO

“We will be thinking of you today and tomorrow as you travel down this difficult road but knowing Marcella is at peace is comforting. Wish we could be...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Ann, Jack, Brooke, Megan, Kendra and Lee - CO

“Wishing Deb Elston and her family and friends condolence as you move forward. My heart and prayers goes out to you. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Zac Ellis - Washington, DC

“Marcella was a very lively person. She was always so happy to see you. She and my mom were very close. Her and Bruce would come and visit. I remember...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jnell Green - Bucklin, KS

“Bruce, Codi, and JoDee, We're sorry we won't be there but we will light a candle in remembrance of one of the loveliest friends we've ever had. ...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Roy and Kris - Gaston, IN

“In loving memeory to my eldest sister, Marcella. You were a driving force in y life and I have many fond and action packed memories. All my love...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Debra Elston - Washington, DC

“i rember her taking care of me when i had to go to er with my ear and she was always there if i needed someone to talk to. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: katie kennedy

“I have fond memories of spending time together on Sunday afternoons -- when we were kids/teenagers. What fun! ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Marilyn (Buck) Culver - OK


Long-time Syracuse, Kansas resident, Marcella Bellinger (Lewis) (Elston) passed away at Hays Medical Center November 4, 2012 at the age of 63 after admirably enduring prolonged health issues. Over her last days at home in Hays, KS, she was surrounded by family and friends who cared for and loved her. Marcella was a driven and hardworking individual, who never stopped learning. Her strong faith and generosity exemplify her.
As the eldest of four children, Marcella was born in Syracuse, Kansas to parents James and Naomi (Stinchcomb) Elston on November 11, 1948. The family maintained a farm north of Kendall, KS. Marcella graduated from Syracuse High School in 1966. Marcella earned degrees in business, nursing, and elementary education. Marcella took great pride in her work as a geriatric RN. Over the course of 30+ years she held numerous positions. Marcella had a heart for her patients, who were always top priority in her job. Marcella donated her time, energy, and resources to support her community and family. She celebrated life whenever she could. Chances are that she probably celebrated life with you.
Marcella was married to David (Bradley) Lewis for 11 years and to this union they had 4 children: Myra, Lance, JoDee and Codi. In 1981, Marcella, a single mother of two, married Bruce Bellinger. They celebrated 31 years of marriage this past July. Throughout her life Marcella enjoyed traveling, crafts, games, conversation, and all kinds of gatherings and celebrations with friends and family. Marcella enriched other's lives by sharing her own.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, Jim (1981) and Naomi (2010) Elston; two children, Myra (1969) and Lance (1970) Lewis; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Marcella is survived by husband, Bruce Bellinger; three aunts, Shirley (Albert) Osbment of Lamar, CO, Maxine Coleman of Syracuse, KS, and Sandra (Larry) Goodwin of Cheney, KS; one brother, James Elston of Syracuse, KS; two sisters, Janice Jones (Roger Hedgecoth) of Dodge City, KS, and Debra Elston (Mitchell) of Washington D.C.; two daughters, JoDee (Harold) Moore of Fairmont, OK and Codi (Don) Fenwick of Hays, KS; 3 grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews as well as great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.