Marcia J. Tuggle (née Raynes)


Marcia J. Tuggle (née Raynes), 72, a former Alamosa City Council member, embarked on her next journey July 23, 2022, after she passed away shortly before midnight with family around her at her home in Daytona Beach, Fla.

A nearly 30-year resident of Alamosa, she and the love of her life, Richard Tuggle, retired to Daytona Beach in Dec. 2015 (Richard passed away in 2016) where she spent many days walking on the beach, riding her Harley trike, and enjoying friends.

Marcia was born in Winfield, Kan., and lived in different places across the U.S. as a child because her father was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Marcia graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Va., and later graduated from Adams State College with a bachelor's degree and two separate master's degrees where she also served as a student assistant women's basketball coach for one season in the late 1980s.

Known as fun, lively, and adventurous, Marcia lived life to the fullest and had numerous experiences both near and far. A lover of knowledge, a walking encyclopedia and road atlas, she traveled extensively with her husband Richard around the U.S. and world to several nations, including numerous odd roadside stops and various national parks and forests.

Marcia herself visited all 50 states, and Puerto Rico, and even navigated myriad solo journeys to various canyons in the Southwest, and in her later years traveled alone to Iceland, Alaska's national parks, and recently did a solo adventure traversing thousands of miles of the U.S. camping and riding her trike.

She had numerous hobbies and careers her life. Marcia loved playing sports, dancing, music, singing, reading, history, genealogy, gardening, riding motorcycles with Richard, and her family.

Elected to the Alamosa City Council twice, Marcia served separate terms, once from 2001-2005 and another term from 2009-2013. She also was a volunteer with the Alamosa Search and Rescue team at one point. More recently, she had served on a Daytona Beach city committee. Not shy to share her opinion, she had a knack for writing meaningful letters to editors and advocating for others at public meetings. Marcia believed strongly that government should work equitably for all people regardless of wealth, gender, or ethnicity, and she believed public officials should be dedicated to fair and honest representation with no hidden agendas.

She is survived by her son William "B.J." (Shannon) Noble, Jr., stepson Chad (Janice) Tuggle, son Heath Hixson, daughter Heather Hixson, son Todd Hixson, son Seth Hixson; grandchildren Eric, T.J., Madeleine, Finleigh, Brayden, Ava, and step-grandchildren Ashley, Aaron, Chelsey, and Halee; her mother Elizabeth Goodner (née Thompson); sister Debbie (Gary) Cluley, sister Roberta Holland, brother Thomas (Diane) Raynes; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and step-great-grandchildren, who she loved very much.

Marcia was preceded in death by her husband Richard, stepson R. Wayne Tuggle, and her father Robert R. Raynes.

A celebration of life will be held in Ormond Beach, Fla., on Sat. Aug. 13, 2022. A memorial motorcycle ride/procession will start at the Iron Horse Saloon, 1068 US-1, Ormond Beach, Fla., around 12 p.m., proceeding to the "Fairchild Oak" in Bulow Creek State Park, 3351 Old Dixie Highway, Ormond Beach, Fla., for a short informal service at 12:30 p.m. An afternoon party celebrating her life will then take place at the Iron Horse Saloon, starting around 1:30 p.m. 

If you would like to send flowers, any other items or correspondence, please send them in c/o of Heather Hixson at 111 Bellevue Ave, Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.

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