Marella Jane Luschen



Marella passed away at her home in Medford, Saturday, December 22, 2007. She was born in February, 1925, the third daughter of Alvah and Louise Brockway. Marella was a life long resident of Medford, attending Oak Grove and Washington Elementary Schools and graduating in 1942 from Medford High School on Oakdale.



As a teen, Marella began to learn her life long trade as a grocery clerk. She first worked at a small service station and grocery store near the corner of Stewart and Thomas Rd. Then she worked at Christians Market on the corner of Stewart and Lozier Lane. She also worked at the Big Y Market, Groceteria, OK Market, Safeway, and she retired after fifteen years with Sherm's Thunderbird.



In March, 1954, Marella married Elmer W. Luschen. They enjoyed many hours of square dancing, camping and trips to the coast. They were involved in many community events: KSYS volunteers, Knife and Fork Club, Stroke Club, VFW and Moose Lodge. Elmer died in 2001.



Marella spent many hours working with her father in their pear orchards and in the seed fields. She first learned to drive on their 1937 Co-op tractor raking hay and helping with spraying the pear trees.



in 1950 Marella joined the Medford Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. By 1952 she was the only woman in the northwest region to be a Squadron Commander. In addition to the aircraft crash and rescue mission training, she took great pride in their Squadron hosting the visit of the Peruvian exchange students.



Since Marella's retirement in 1988, she has been a helping hand to many of her friends and family. She was always just a phone call away to help anyone that needed her. She was a treasure that will be greatly missed by all that knew her.



Marella is survived by her sister, Beryl Elmore of Applegate; her step-children, Nancy Dickinson of Warsaw, Poland, Yvonne Bruesch of Spokane, Wash., and Phillip Luschen of Medford; five step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Smith.



Memorial services will be held at Memory Gardens on Friday, December 28, 2007, at 1:00 p.m.



Memorial Contributions may be made to Mercy Flights or Dogs for the Deaf.