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Marcella Artisa Scruggs

April 11, 1962 - March 15, 2016
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Celebrating the life of Marcella “Tangie” Scruggs On the evening of March 15, 2016 Marcella closed her eyes to rest in the arms of the Lord. She was surrounded by her husband, children, mother and siblings. Marcella was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 11, 1962. She was the first born of Ollie and Martha Archie. She gave her life to Christ at any early age at St. James P.B. Church; where she was a member until she was no longer able to attend due to illness. Marcella was blessed with the heart of a nurturer at a young age; affectionately known among her siblings as # 1; she was always a huge help with caring for them....

Celebrating the life of Marcella “Tangie” Scruggs



On the evening of March 15, 2016 Marcella closed her eyes to rest in the arms of the Lord. She was surrounded by her husband, children, mother and siblings.



Marcella was born in Mobile, Alabama on April 11, 1962. She was the first born of Ollie and Martha Archie. She gave her life to Christ at any early age at St. James P.B. Church; where she was a member until she was no longer able to attend due to illness.



Marcella was blessed with the heart of a nurturer at a young age; affectionately known among her siblings as # 1; she was always a huge help with caring for them.



In school she was sociable and well liked amongst her peers, actively participating in various clubs, organizations and activities and enjoyed running track for Lee High School. She continued her education after high school and married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Scruggs on August 31, 1985. From this union, became the unyielding mother to five children whom she loved unconditionally and without reserve.



Marcella took pride in her position as a substitute school teacher in the Huntsville City School System as she understood the importance and value of every child she encountered obtaining quality education. Marcella also worked at BSAF (then Engelhard Corporation) where she maintained a position as a Lab Technician until her illness no longer allowed her to work.



Marcella’s life legacy is that no matter what she endured she encouraged others through her faithfulness and resilience to “trust in the Lord, no matter what may come”. She was constantly reminding her loved ones to always, always be kind to others as you never know when you're entertaining angels, often unaware.



It is because of her that we all are blessed to have known a woman of such substance always exemplifying love, long-suffering, faithfulness and forgiveness through her actions.



Marcella’s favorite thing to do was be surrounded by family and friends. From attending cookouts with her highly requested potato salad in tow, to hosting the best Easter Egg Hunts, to making sure everyone was stuffed at Thanksgiving and joyful at Christmas. Marcella made it her personal responsibility to make sure that we all knew the importance of “family and sticking together.” She would be laughing, talking, dancing and making sure everyone was having a great time.



Along with family time Marcella enjoyed spending time outside in the sunshine, a pastime which she referred to as “Pigeon Sitting. She also enjoyed caring for her plants, crafting, reading, and listening to music. Always busy – always caring.



When Marcella was diagnosed with Scleroderma in 2005 it did not change her drive. She kicked it into high gear, becoming a member of the National Scleroderma Foundation as well as founding President of the only Scleroderma Support Group in North Alabama. Always proactive, always diligent, she was not one to simply sit on the sidelines. Her selflessness and dedication to the cause has inspired many near and far to continue to raise awareness and find a cure for Scleroderma.



Marcella was preceded in death by her father Ollie B. Archie; her grandfather, David Brown; and her newborn grandson, Terrell Tobias Walker.



At the end of her great fight, Marcella is survived by her husband, Gerald Scruggs; Huntsville, AL; three devoted daughters, Dormika Archie-Scruggs, Dominique Holden (Tyrone) and Cherelle Scruggs; two sons, Otavious Scruggs and Gerelle Scruggs; her mother, Martha A. Archie of Huntsville, AL.; three sisters, Glynnis Archie-Bone (Ricky) of Huntsville, AL., Wanda Archie-Glover of Madison, AL and Tesha L. Thompson (Javier) of Madison, AL; two brothers, Calvin Archie and Starrett Archie of Huntsville, AL; and also, a lifelong friend, Geraldine Burwell.



Marcella was the best Nana ever to D’Nae Anelia Woods, Landon Le’Coy Woods, Donovan Le’Roy Woods, Leyton ReNae Woods, D’Ari Artisa Archie-Holden, Tyrin Dominic Holden, Charleigh Elizabeth Holden, Tarryn Da’Rae Scruggs, Jaylen Stephen Scruggs and Teliyah Nicole Scruggs.



She was and will always be the truth of love, kindness and selflessness to a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and friends.











"I Miss you so much Mommie not a day has gone by when I haven't thought of you forever in my heart..I love you to the moon and Back!!" Cherelle Scruggs (Hsv)

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