Marcia Anne Guissinger Moser, age 89, most recently of St James Place retirement community, passed peacefully on Thursday September 9, 2021 in Baton Rouge. A memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 9 in the Broadmoor United Methodist Church Sanctuary at 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815. Visitation will begin at 9 am; the Memorial Service begins at 11 am to be followed by a reception in the Adult Education Building. Marcia was born on March 7, 1932 in Magnolia, Arkansas during the great depression. She grew up on a rural farm owned by her grandfather. Her family moved there after her father lost everything in a 1929 bank failure. Her father was an engineer who knew nothing about farming so her mother ran the farm while her father looked for work wherever he could find it, usually away from the home. As the youngest of 5 children, 6 years younger than her next youngest sibling, she learned to be self-sufficient. The family had few possessions but they were not poor; they had minds and the ability to get an education; that was wealth to them. Marcia's father passed when she was 10 years old. Her mother moved the family to Baton Rouge in 1944 where she worked to put her children through college. Marcia graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1948 and then attended LSU where she joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Marcia worked for Gulf States Utilities as a Service Representative. She met her future husband Roger in 1951 while waiting with friends for a bus home after work. Marcia graduated from LSU in spring 1952 with a BS degree in Home Economics, and married Roger on October 4, 1952 at University Methodist on the LSU campus. Marcia and Roger moved to New Jersey when Roger was drafted into the Army Signal Corps., Andrea was born there. They returned to Baton Rouge when Roger was released from the Army and returned to work for Ethyl Corp. They were soon transferred to Houston where Ken was born. They were transferred back to Baton Rouge where Philip was born. Marcia and Roger lived in Baton Rouge continuously thereafter. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Marcia decided the entire family should take a trip together. She chose Alaska and planned the itinerary to travel by boat during the day and spend nights on land beginning in Ketchikan to Juno then Anchorage where the family took a train to and through Denali on the way to Fairbanks. Marcia and Roger were active members of Broadmoor United Methodist Church beginning in 1957 where Marcia taught Sunday School for 10 years and was a member of the Chancel Choir for many years. Marcia was an accomplished artist, author, gardener, and musician. She was also a champion of excellence; she loved to see others succeed in doing important work that "helps the world go around". In addition to raising three children Marcia sponsored 4 children through the Foster Parents Plan beginning with Martha Lucia Jimenez of Bogota Colombia. Marcia and family sponsored American Field Service (AFS) students, Anders Mossberg from Sweden and Selim Octar from Turkey, who lived with the family during their senior year in high school. She then became involved with International Hospitality Foundation (IHF) at LSU becoming a host for foreign students beginning with Hampic and Badrig Maroucian from Greece and later Jin Hin Yap and Jane Song of Indonesia; this continued with sponsorship of 15 international students over 25 years. Marcia was named Board Member Emeritus by IHF. And Marcia served on the Board of the MacDonell United Methodist Children's Services in Houma, LA. Marcia's support of the arts led her to support the LSU School of Music where she became a Member of the Dean's Special Committee of Excellence and Board Member of Friends of LSU School of Music. She was also a member of the LSU Patrons of the Opera Board. On a personal level she "adopted" and facilitated the career of Russian Tenor Vladimir Gryshko and she sponsored a performance in Baton Rouge of Metropolitan Opera Bass Jerome Hines opera "I Am The Way". She became a supporter of Baton Rouge Community Concerts (Board Member), Little Theater, and Baton Rouge Opera (Board Member and President). Marcia was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser in 1992 on National Philanthropy Day by the National Society of Fundraising Executives. In 1993 Marcia was named Woman of Achievement by the Lagniappe Woman's Club during their 25th Anniversary. In 1998 Marcia was named Volunteer Activist by the BR Speech and Hearing Foundation after 35 years of active support and service. Marcia was active with Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS – Board Member) for many years. Marcia loved life and she loved to travel. She and Roger travelled to most States and 60 countries on 6 continents. She also loved to snow ski and play tennis until Arthritis precluded these activities. Marcia was preceded in death by parents John Adams Guissinger and Mary Pearce Guissinger, and by brothers, John Adams Guissinger, Jr., Edward Pearce Guissinger and Roger Pearce Guissinger and sister, Mary Jane Guissinger Klein. Survivors include: her husband of 69 years Roger Alden Moser; her 3 children and their spouses, Andrea Moser Clark and Donald of Garden Valley, TX, Kenneth Moser and Karen of Lake Charles, LA, and Philip Moser and Laura of Baton Rouge; her 13 grandchildren and spouses, Arie Clark Gort and Benjamin, Kira Clark Filip and Nicholas, Eric Moser and Jordan, Mikaela Clark Brown and Joshua, Ryan Moser and Alora, Leah Clark Slavens and Nathaneul, Martin Moser and Emily, Kyle Moser and Luisa Venegoni, Joshua Clark and Illyanna, Hunter Moser, Daniel Clark and Claire , Bethany Clark, and Heath Moser; Marcia is also survived by her 11 great grandchildren (and counting), Zion, Micah, Jeremiah, Gabriel, Levi, Elise, Oliver, Avonlea, Elowyn , Alden, and Jude. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Broadmoor United Methodist Church, IHF, or VIPS.
Published by The Advocate from Sep. 29 to Oct. 9, 2021.