Marza Leta Harris Daugherty, age 83, joined her beloved husband on Sunday, 20 October 2019. She was a resident of Colorado Springs for 47 years.
Marza was born 13 November 1935 in El Paso, Texas. She met the love of her life, Jerry Daugherty, while in high school and they were married just months after their graduation on 13 September 1954. Just three months later they embarked on a journey of 27 years with the United States Air Force. Marza enjoyed being a military spouse and was able to experience living in places such as the Philippines, Japan and various states across the nation. They were stationed at Colorado Springs in 1972 and forever made this their home.
Marza became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on 13 December 1978; making her a second generation of the organization. She remained a member for 41 years. Another big joy of hers was to travel the world. Marza hiked the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu, Peru; walked amongst the mysterious heads on Easter Island; took in the incredible view from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; and explored the massive palaces in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia. She also visited England, Whales, Scotland, Ireland, numerous countries in mainland Europe, the Caribbean Islands and Canada. In retirement, Marza and Jerry traveled the United States while visiting their children and grandchildren. The last trip together was taking in the beautiful sights of Alaska and going on an Alaskan cruise.
Marza was an incredible homemaker who had wonderful skills. She could put together the most lovely floral arrangements, techniques she learned while living in Misawa Japan, and mastered the talent of creating beaded/jeweled Christmas ornaments the family will always cherish.
She is survived by her daughters, Victoria Daugherty Nihiser, Jeannette Daugherty Hill and Nona Daugherty; her brother, Lloyd Harris; and her grandchildren, Nick Nihiser, Weston Nihiser, Marza Hill and Mirren Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jerry Leon Daugherty; her father, Jessee Harris; her mother, Victoria Chaney Harris; and brother, Lavern Harris.
Rather than a funeral, Marza’s wishes were to have her ashes spread with Jerry’s. The family will hold this intimate memorial in the near future. The family asks that you send out prayers that this couple has once again reunited and that Marza is in an amazing place where there is no sorrow or pain. She is once again young and full of new excitement and wonder!