Marie Louise Decker (March 02, 1945 - January 19, 2023)

In loving memory of
Marie Louise Decker
  • March 02, 1945
  • -
  • January 19, 2023

  • Obituary
  • Sign Tribute Wall
  • Send an E-Card
  • Light a Candle
  • Send Flowers
  • Photos


Marie Louise Harkleroad Decker, age 77, of Ocklawaha, FL, passed away on January 19, 2023 in Ocala, FL,. surrounded by her loving family. Marie was born on March 2, 1945, to parents Merritt Abram Harkleroad and Anna Catherine Civis Harkleroad in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She was a gifted person whose career included work with youth in the Broward County Public School System from which she retired as a High School Cafeteria Manager. Her hobbies included quilting, flower arranging, cooking and making decorations.

She was a very social, active and courageous women who loved and enjoyed her family, many friendships, and serving others through her Belleview United Methodist Church, and the Morningstar Masonic Lodge, and the Ocala Shrine Club. Her family and friends will always remember Marie for her love; and for her strength and courage, caring and helpful spirit, and a life-long dedication to serving others.

She is survived by her husband of 57 ½ years, Barry, of Ocklawaha, FL., sons Matt Decker (wife, Sabine), of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., employed by Broward County Public Schools, Mark Decker, of Hollywood, FL., employed by Publix Super Markets, and daughters Lisa M. Light (husband, Raphael), of Coral Springs, FL., employed by Broward County Public Schools,  Sherri Richard (husband, George) of Middleburg, FL., employed by Baker County School District, and by her four beloved grandchildren, Colin Light (Coral Springs, FL) , Harley Richard (Green Cove Springs, FL) , Catie Richard (Cincinnati, OH)  and Emma Richard (Middleburg, FL).

She is preceded in death by her parents Merritt and Anna and by her eldest brother, Robert.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6 PM on Saturday March 18, 2023,  at Ocala Shrine Club, 4301 SE Maricamp Road  Ocala, FL 34480.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in memory of Marie be made to The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.


Ocala Shrine Club
4301 SE Maricamp Road,  Ocala, FL 34480
Get Driving Directions

Date & Time:
March 18, 2023 at 6:00 PM

Send flowers to the family to show you care. Order Now

Tribute Wall

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Marianne Bingham lit a candle:
    15 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 15, 2023 at 3:17:08 AM

  2. Marianne Bingham lit a candle:
    15 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 15, 2023 at 3:16:14 AM

  3. Marianne Bingham lit a candle:
    15 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 15, 2023 at 3:15:09 AM

  4. Marianne Bingham says:
    15 Mar 2023
    My sincere condolences to the entire Decker family for their loss. Marie was an exceptional person and not anyone that you would soon forget. Our lives were enriched by her presence, love and friendship and will be sorely missed.

  5. Rf4y says:
    15 Mar 2023
    A dear friend and precious child of God. So very thankful that our lives intersected and we connected. My Love and care to the Decker and Harkleroad families. DBPalmer

  6. David lit a candle:
    15 Mar 2023
    Lit since March 15, 2023 at 3:15:24 AM

Send an E-Card

Please select an e-card

    Required fields are marked *

    Note: The code below resets with every submit of the form