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Marcia Lynn (Harter) Torberson was born February 5th , 1957 to Berniece (Ruhkamp) and Vern Harter. She grew up as the only girl in a family of four, with two older brothers and one younger, in the small town of Winner, South Dakota. As one can imagine, her childhood made for many laughs and memories growing up with three brothers, whom she would say “picked on me endlessly”.
She was a member of the Warriorettes drill team at Winner High School and like most growing up in a small town, Marcia enjoyed driving around with her friends and going to the drive-in movie theatre during the summer. She would most certainly tell you she never got into any trouble. While growing up, she attended Baptist church with her family and spent several summers attending Camp Judson Baptist summer camp with her friends and cousins. After graduating from Winner High School in 1975, Marcia went on to attend Nettleton Business College where she graduated with a degree in accounting. With her degree in hand, Marcia spent the next thirty-five plus years in banking where she met lifelong friends. She worked for Norwest-turned-Wells Fargo and ended her career with Helping Hands Consulting where she specialized in helping the elderly and the disabled with long term Medicaid. No matter where she went, her charm and spirit followed her. Through the years Marcia enjoyed meeting new people whether they be clients or coworkers and loved sharing her adventures in life with them and also getting to hear all about theirs.
Marcia Harter married Todd Torberson on October 6th 1984 and they moved to Denver, Colorado to start a new family. They divorced in October of 2001, but from their marriage Marcia was blessed with three amazing children – Lynsey Ann, KariLee, and Brandelion Charles. Marcia was very proud of her children and loved getting the chance to talk about them to friends and family. Marcia was also blessed to be the grandmother of three wonderful grandchildren from her daughter Lynsey – Trenton, Ashton and Capri.
Family was everything to Marcia whether it was various concerts with Brandelion, attending the kiddos baseball and softball games with Lynsey, pedicure dates and Trader Joe’s/Costco runs with Lynsey and Kari, Survivor or Bachelor/Bachelorette nights with Kari, game nights with the family, going to the ballet or catching a good movie. Marcia also enjoyed the simple everyday details like chaperoning school field trips, picking up the grandkids from school or simply being Lynsey’s co-pilot as she ran her Saturday errands. But most of all, she looked forward to celebrating holidays and birthdays with her family whether it be in Colorado or South Dakota. Late night conversations around grandma’s kitchen table, lighthearted bickering and teasing from her brothers about their childhood, movie nights in the basement or watching golden girls with grandma in the living room. No matter what she was doing, she was happy doing it with whomever she was with.
All though she would often joke that she had no life, due to her long list of favorite tv shows that she felt consumed her time, her life was indeed very full. Marcia annually celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with her girlfriends, Janis and Terri, monthly coffee dates with Sheila and Lori, and she filled her calendar with dinner dates catching up with old friends whenever she could. She was lucky enough to be able to travel to South Dakota frequently and had some wonderful vacations in Mexico (a few times), Hawaii, California, Las Vegas (a few times), Texas, Arizona, Florida, Disney Land and Disney World and Pagosa Springs. Her life was full of laughter, conversations and most of all creating new memories with family.
Marcia passed away January 19th , 2024 in Boulder,Colorado. She was preceded in death by her mother and father Berniece and Vern Harter and her sister-in-law Vickie Harter. Blessed to have shared her life are her two daughters Lynsey (Justin) Brown and Kari Torberson, her youngest Brandelion Charles, her three grandchildren - Trenton Vern, Ashton Michael, and Capri Annalynn and her three brothers Lon, Lyle (Betty), and Russ (Dawn) Harter. She also leaves behind several dear cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, nephews and more friends than one could imagine.
She will be missed beyond measure. I hope that coffee is good in heaven.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church in Northglenn, 10451 Huron St., Northglenn, CO 80234. A reception will follow. Wearing bright colors to her memorial service is encouraged.
Family and friends wanting to send cards may send them to the funeral home, In Memoriam, 7290 W 119th Place, Broomfield, CO 80020 attn: Lynsey Brown.
Please consider donations and contributions to Marcia's Go Fund Me here.