December 25, 2021
Behold! I make all things new" Revelation 21:5 Marcella G. Trice was born March 20, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Carrie (nee Jones) and Van Grigsby. She was taken from our midst on Saturday, December 25, 2021. A published teenage poet and the first African American cheerleader at old Woodard High School in the West End, Marcella’s passion for learning, teaching, and achievement inspired her to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at The University of Cincinnati. In 1969, she became the first African American teacher at Cincinnati Country Day School, retiring 27 years later as the first black lower school head. Unwilling to remain idle, she returned to college after retirement to complete a graduate certification in religion and family systems from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. A lifelong volunteer, Marcella was a diversity trainer for The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross and received a national award as diversity ambassador. With her background in religion and family systems, she served as a commissioned chaplain with Christ Hospital. She was active in senior citizens groups, creating black history displays and facilitating spiritual retreats. The Cincinnati Recreation Commission inducted Marcella into the Seniors Citizens Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1945, Marcella became a member of Carmel Presbyterian Church, and served as an elder, president of the Women’s Association, president of the Martha Circle, and Sunday school teacher over the following 76 years. She was a member of the Chancel Choir and active with The Presbyterian Women, The Presbytery of Cincinnati, The Black Presbyterian Caucus, and The National Black Presbyterians. Among her civic activities, Marcella was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the former president of the Sigma Omega Chapter. She served on the boards of Families Forward, Breakthrough Cincinnati, Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association, Advisory Committee of the Cincinnati Opera, Women’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati, and The Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. Marcella received recognition from former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, The United Way, The Urban League of Cincinnati, The Council of Christian Communions, 4C for Children, YMCA Black Achievers, Applause! Magazine Imagemaker Award for Education, The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Keep the Dream Alive Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, and was among the 2007 Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the Year honorees. An adventurer and performer at heart who cherished new experiences, Marcella traveled to six of the seven continents, completed training in forestry conservation and served on the Forestry Board of the Village of Silverton, sang in the May Festival Chorus at Music Hall, and performed with choirs in some of Europe’s historic opera houses. At home, she took tap dancing classes, played the piano, loved Hallmark Channel movies, and cooked exceptional homemade soup, macaroni and cheese, and potato salad. Marcella is preceded in death by her husband , James A. Trice; brother, Van (Becki) Stone; sister , Christine (Willie) Harrison and brother , Jerome (Linda) Crutcher. She is survived by her sons ,Markus (Barbara) Trice and James (Stephanie) Trice, Jr.; brothers , Terry (Sharon) Crutcher, Onnie Crutcher, Richard (Pamela) Crutcher; sisters, Lori (nee Crutcher) Sams and Claudia (Archie) Wynn; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Behold! I make all things new" Revelation 21:5 Marcella G. Trice was born March 20, 1930, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Carrie (nee Jones) and Van Grigsby. She was taken from our midst on Saturday, December 25, 2021. A published teenage poet and... View Obituary & Service Information
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