Marla Waters Reichert
Marla Waters Reichert, age 67, of Springfield, MO, passed away Oct. 2, 2018. She was born July 13, 1951, in St. Joseph.
Marla grew up in Hamilton, attended Penney High School, and later graduating from the University of Missouri with a Degree in Education. Marla met her husband, Tom at MU, and they would go on to be married 42 years. She was involved locally with Springfield Little Theatre for many years, where she was honored with a Frannie Award. She also volunteered her time with Glendale High School Football, the South Side Senior Center, and as an elderly caregiver.
Marla was preceded in death by her parents, Roger Kent Waters and Lou Gene Millet, and sister, Bonita (Waters) Hunter.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Reichert of Springfield; daughter, MacKenzie Tapia (Phillip Tapia, Jr.) and grandson, Thomas Tapia, all of Albuquerque, NM; son, Seth Reichert of Denver, CO; sister, Kimberly (Waters) Daniels; brother, James Waters; Sister Wendy (Waters) Gittleman, and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and wonderful friends.
Marla fought a 20-year battle against Parkinson’s disease. She helped to get the Duopa Parkinson’s Concept approved in America, participated in a Cleveland Clinic study on bicycling to help Parkinson’s, and donated her brain to the Movement Disorder Center for Parkinson’s as well.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E. Seminole, Springfield, MO 65804. A visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Marla was a person who loved color and we will be honoring that at the service, so come out in your brightest attire. She would ask in lieu of flowers to please donate to Washington University, Department of Neurology, Attn: Susan Donovan for Parkinson’s Disease Research, 660 S. Euclid Ave., Box 811, St. Louis, MO 63110.