Official Obituary of

Marcella Evelyn Zellner

August 3, 1940 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Marcella Zellner Obituary

Marcella Zellner passed away February 15, 2024 at The Villa at Blue Ridge in Columbia, MO.  She was 83 years of age.

Marcella Evelyn Zellner was born August 3, 1940 in Kansas City, MO, to the late H. Hugh and Evelyn (Casebolt) Heffner.  She graduated from William Christman High School with the class of 1958.  On November 5, 1965, Marcella married the love of her life, H. Russell Zellner, at First Christian Church in Grain Valley, MO.  The couple have enjoyed 59 years of marriage.  In addition to her working on the family farm and raising their children, Marcella worked for the Fayette Housing Authority and Farm Bureau Insurance.  Marcella was very active in the Fayette community, volunteering her time and donating to organizations such as 4-H, Coyote Hill Foster Care, the Fayette Food Pantry and the Festival of Sharing.  She was a devoted and active member of Fayette First Christian Church.

Marcella is survived by her husband, Russell, of Columbia, MO; two children, H.R. Zellner, Jr., of Warrensburg, MO, and Marian Zellner-Evers, of Columbia, MO; granddaughter, Tristn Zellner-Evers; and a sister, Linda (Albert) Frisby of Merriam, KS.  In addition to her parents, Marcella was preceded in death by four brothers, Marvin, Harvey, Norman and Larry Heffner.

Following Marcella’s final wishes, her body was donated to the gift of body program at University of Missouri School of Medicine.

A memorial service honoring the life of Mrs. Zellner will be 2:30 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Fayette, with Rev. Kerry Kesey officiating.  Visitation will be an hour and half before the service at the funeral home starting at 1 PM. 

Memorials are suggested to Fayette First Christian Church or Coyote Hill, c/o Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N., Fayette, MO 65248. 

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March 5, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Funeral Home -Fayette Location
174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N
Fayette, MO 65248

Memorial Service
March 5, 2024

2:30 PM
Funeral Home -Fayette Location
174 Hwy. 5 & 240 N
Fayette, MO 65248


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