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Martha "Marci" Jean Gruhlkey – July 30, 2016

Gruhlkey Now Photo Gruhlkey Then Obit PicMartha “Marci” Jean Gruhlkey, loving sister and aunt, passed away on July 30, 2016 at age 66, after a short but hard fought battle with ovarian cancer.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Born October 26, 1949 in Amarillo, TX, Marci grew up in the quiet farming and ranching community of Adrian, TX, daughter of the late Robert Amos Gruhlkey and Clara E. Mosteller Gruhlkey. She loved and adored her big sister, Linda Gruhlkey Pond, and her big brother, the late Richard Allen Gruhlkey.

After graduating high school, Marci attended Texas Tech University and West Texas State University where she received a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters degree in Social Work. She also took photography classes at Amarillo College. She spent the bulk of her career as a social worker for 26 years at TPMHMR, retiring in 2005. She was caregiver to her late mother Clara for 5 years and then remained in Adrian until her recent passing.

She loved photography, gardening, quilting, coloring and was an avid reader. The family fondly remembers summers in Ruidoso, leisurely visits and holidays spent in Adrian, spirited discussion on worldly topics and a sister and aunt who loved her family and her precious dogs very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Clara Gruhlkey and her brother Richard Allen Gruhlkey. She leaves behind her beloved Border Collie, Bear; sister, Linda Gruhlkey Pond and her brother-in-law C.G. Pond Jr., niece, Jennifer Pond Fisher and her husband William Fisher; sister-in-law Robin Gruhlkey, nephew, Drew Adrian Gruhlkey and his wife Ashley Gruhlkey and their son and Marci’s grandnephew, Reed Adrian Gruhlkey; niece, Amber Gruhlkey Farhangnia and her husband Mehrdad Farhangnia; and two close friends Jack Mowery and his wife Luella Peacock.

The family asks that memorials be left to Memorial Park Cemetery in Vega, TX or a no-kill animal shelter. More importantly, in her memory, that our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and friends be vigilant and their own first responders in being aware of the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, a cancer for which there is no reliable medical test for early detection.

Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Boxwell Brothers in Vega.


  • Sue Evans McBeth Posted August 1, 2016 3:47 pm

    Linda and family, though I didn’t know Marci I know I would have loved her because I love you Linda . My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Gayla Christian Posted August 2, 2016 11:54 am

    Marci was a co worker that I worked with for a lot of years. I enjoyed her love for animals and she was always making something. I have a wonderful cookbook that she put together. She was a very nice lady that cared about friends an family. She will be missed .

  • Megan Smith Posted August 4, 2016 7:37 pm

    Marci was witty and great at her job, and I enjoyed working with her so much years ago. She’ll be so missed, and never forgotten. My thoughts are with you, Linda.

  • Ronnie Upton Posted August 5, 2016 10:14 am

    Linda we are very sorry for your loss. Our
    prayers are with you.

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