Before she left for the festival in Tennessee, Marsha McLelland brought over a vase of dahlias that neighbors in Statesville say is a reminder of her kindness.
“They’re in front of the window that faces their house,” neighbor Kay Capps said Friday. “I’ve walked past time and time again. I’ve looked at the flowers, looked at the driveway, and her car isn’t there. It’s so sad.”
The Capps have lived across the street from Marsha and her husband, Ed, for 38 years. While Ed is still hospitalized with injuries from the crash that killed his wife, Capps said she’ll continue to look after their cat until he comes home.
Capps described Marsha, who was 62, as quietly generous and helpful. When a storm knocked power out at the Capps’ home years ago, Marsha invited them over to take showers.
Marsha, a retired nurse who grew dahlias at their mountain home in West Jefferson, would bring the flowers back for neighbors, shut-ins and many others, Capps said.
Growing up, Capps’ daughter, Lisa Thompson, spent years visiting Marsha after school. Thompson also received a bouquet of dahlias before Marsha left and called them comforting.
“Hers was just a life well-lived. She worked hard, took care of her family; she took care of her friends,” Thompson said. “I was mourning her loss, but instead of looking at it that way, I think I was blessed to have known her nearly 40 years.”
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