Marlyce Pansy Lefler

September 13, 1944 - October 07, 2015

Marlyce Pansy Lefler

September 13, 1944 - October 07, 2015


Marlyce Pansy Lefler of Lynden, Washington died peacefully on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 in Bellingham, Washington at the age of 71.

Marlyce was born on September 13th, 1944 in Bellingham to the late Lee and Pansy Schwartz and grew up locally with her only brother, Robert Schwartz.

She was an active member of her community and found great joy in her role as a housewife and mother.

Marlyce is survived by her husband, Cliff Lefler and his four daughters, her only child, Marci Longanecker (Brian Longanecker), her four grandchildren, Susanne Pavlyuk (Taras Pavlyuk), Brice Longanecker, Forrest Longanecker and Bailey Longanecker, her brother Robert Schwartz and her sweet dog, Sophie.

The funeral service for Marlyce will be held on Sunday, October 18th at 1:00 PM at Greenacres Memorial Park.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, cards or any other material expressions of sympathy, friends and family make donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in Marlyce’s name.

Additionally, the family extends their deepest gratitude to the staff at Mt. Baker Care Center, who provided care, love and support that far exceeded any hopes or expectations.

Marlyce’s sense of humor, loving heart and kind spirit will live on in the memories and stories told by the countless family and friends that will carry them forth.

Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: October 18, 2015 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Greenacres Memorial Park And Event CenterFerndale
  • Location: 5700 Northwest Drive Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) 38-4-3401

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14 responses to Marlyce Pansy Lefler

  1. CRISS KRAMER says:

    Dear Cliff and Marci and family…
    So very sorry to hear of Marlyce’s passing. I think the last time I spoke with her was in 2011, and she told me at that time that she was dealing with MS. It was hard to picture that, because she was always such a spirited, feisty, fun little gal. I loved her big grin!

    I totally enjoyed being your insurance agent for many years when I owned HMK Insurance, and recall being so excited for you when you built your new home on the Pole Road.

    I know the days ahead will be difficult, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


  2. I can clearly remember the day I met Marlyce….I was only 9 or 10 years old and Marlyce was a teen. She had a fender bender and her Dad said she needed to earn the money to fix it. She had been dating a neighbor of mine at the time and she asked if I wanted to pick berries with her. That was the beginning of my sisterhood with her. I loved her with all my heart and have many good memories of things we did together and mischief we made together. This woman was someone people just gravitated towards…she had that aura that people were just drawn to. As time went by, we went our separate ways, but kept in contact with each other. I remember when she had her brain surgery and when she was diagnosed with MS…but most of all, I remember when she found out she was pregnant….She was over the moon. We shared our pregnancies…I had my son and then she had her daughter. We managed to keep in touch as our children grew up..but we traveled in different circles. She and Cliff moved into the Pole road house and we picked up where we had last left off. Craig and I have been blessed to visit on a daily basis for the past few years. We watched as she slowly deteriorated, her body failing her and even with all that going on, she always wanted to know how YOU were. She was one of those free spirits who was more concerned with those she loved than she was with herself. Marlyce always made you feel like you were family and once you were in….you were in. She wasn’t perfect, but she always tried to find the good in people and not to speak badly about them. I will miss her always as she was one of those once in a lifetime friends. I will love her always and I will cherish my memories of the things we did together. Marlyce….I know you are dancing with the angels and rejoicing with your loved ones ho have passed before….you have a new body, your are pain free and will forever be loved by me. My dear friend….I miss you more than anyone will ever know. You were the ting to my yang and I will always hold our sisterhood in my heart. Rest in peace my dear sister, rest in peace.

  3. Marlyce was a wonderful and warm hearted lady. She offered her help whenever she could and warmly opened her home to friends and family. I am forever grateful for her kindness and the friendship we shared. She will be missed so much by so many who cared for and loved her. God bless.

  4. I have known this wonderful lady (and her family) for 42 years. She was like a sister to me. She was the most giving and loving person I know. I will miss visiting her on my trips to Bellingham. May she RIP and be free of pain in Heaven.

  5. A beautiful angel is watching over us now. Many blessings to cliff and the kids and grandkids!
    Lots of love

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