Marcia Lorraine Giinther, born November 22, 1951 to Robert and Dorothy Giinther, passed away on February 13, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Born in Fairbanks, Marcia attended Main School and Lathrop High School. After graduating from Lathrop, she attended beauty school and from then on loved to cut and style hair for her family, friends, and children. Shortly after beauty school, Marcia got a job as a warehouseperson through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union. For 33 years she helped manage the supply of equipment for electrical and telephone workers at the Fairbanks Municipal Utility System. Her kids would often get dropped off at her work between school and home and inevitably ask her to "run the forklift". She was happy to oblige, impressing her kids in the process. Upon retirement, Marcia built a beautiful home along the Chena River in Doyon Estates. She was particularly proud of the floorplan – her late mother Dorothy had designed it.
You can’t remember Marcia without remembering her self-deprecating sense of humor. Her humor was disarming. She loved to laugh, mostly at herself, which put both close friends and new acquaintances at ease. She never took herself too seriously, yet she offered great perspective and was deceptively wise. What at first might seem an innocent and less than profound comment would later turn out to be a true nugget of wisdom. Her favorite lesson was to never compare your success – or lack thereof – against the success of others. She lived that credo and encouraged everyone she met to do the same.
Marcia was proud to be an identical twin sister to Michelle and little sister to Robby. Marcia and Michelle shared a unique bond that seemed to grow stronger over time. She cherished every moment with Michelle, from the time they were born six minutes apart, to the time of her passing. More recently, Marcia loved her new role as “Grandma Marcia” to Jack and Ray. Her new passion was chasing them around the house and making silly faces. She loved her kids Derek and Sasha unconditionally and was proud of them no matter what kind of trouble or hardships they endured.
Marcia is survived by her children Derek (Sarah), and Sasha; her grandchildren, Jack and Ray; her brother Robby (Marta) and identical twin sister Michelle (Todd). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska; alzalaska.org. A service celebrating Marcia’s life will be held at the Elk’s Lodge along the Chena River on Friday, March 23rd at 4pm.