Marcelle was born in San Francisco on Dec. 17, 1924, to John and Joanna Campardon, French immigrants.
She graduated from Vacaville High School in 1944 and attended St. Francis Nursing School in San Francisco. Her first position as a nurse was with Fairfield Hospital, formerly Bunny Hospital. Marcelle married John Fernandez Ariza in 1947 and together they raised seven children: Christine (George Eleopoulos), Jeannine (Robert Tapp), Claudia (Stan Montee), Paula, Michelle (Dieter Folk), Richard John (Keira) and Marc (Kelly), while Marcelle continued her nursing career. Upon retirement, she transitioned to teaching in a nursing school program and helped organize a nursing scholarship for residents of Solano County.
Marcelle was very active in her faith community. She helped gain funding to build present-day Holy Spirit Church and school; is past president of the Mothers’ Guild of Holy Spirit School and was an active member of the YLI. At the time of her death, Marcelle was the longest-living member of the Young Ladies Institute at Holy Spirit Church, Fairfield.
She and John were active band boosters for the Fairfield High School Scarlet Brigade. They were both founding members of the current Northern California Band Festival and had the honor of being grand marshals together. They accompanied the Scarlet Brigade numerous times to Pasadena when the band had the honor of marching in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Appreciation is felt by Marcelle’s children to Annie Boedoro, who gave such loving care to our mother the past few years.
Marcelle is survived by her brother, Robert Campardon, France; seven children; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation is planned 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Holy Spirit Church, Fairfield, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Holy Spirit Church.
Memorial donations can be made to the Holy Spirit School Scholarship Fund and Sisters of the Holy Faith Retirement Fund.