Anderson (DeVecchi), Marlene Ann On Saturday, October 24th, Marlene passed away in her Oro Valley home. In her final days, Marlene spoke to many of her friends and family either in person or by phone. She was 80 years old. Marlene was born on January 11th, 1935, in the city of Barre in Washington County, Vermont. She was the only child born to Arnold DeVecchi and Leonilda (Rossi) DeVecchi. Marlene graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont in 1952 and attended Bishop DeGoesbriand Nursing School in Burlington, Vermont until she graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) in September of 1955. Marlene's nursing school classmates described her as being a "born nurse", "a natural" and somebody who was "assertive and always stood up for what was right". During nursing school, Marlene was known for carrying a well-worn prayer book. She loved being a nurse and spent her 40 year career working at the bedside of patients as a floor nurse, mentoring new nurses as the Director of Nursing in several large hospitals and finally as a hospital administrator until she retired in 1989. Marlene and her husband, Bill, moved to Oro Valley, Arizona in 1992. Marlene was a volunteer member of the Sun City Posse for 22 years and volunteered at the Oro Valley Police Department for 15 years. She held Board positions in both organizations. In 2009, Marlene was named Volunteer of the Year by the Town of Oro Valley. Of all her volunteer positions, her stint as McGruff the Crime Dog was her favorite. Marlene was a talented cook, gracious hostess and loved to entertain in her home. She enjoyed reading, baking, sewing, gardening, helping others and staying busy. She was a wonderful mother and role model to her daughter and a doting grandma to her grandsons. Marlene was special in so far that all who met her liked her and considered her a friend. Marlene was kind and thoughtful and always available for a friend and even a stranger or two. She was well liked by all and her friends and family will miss her deeply. Marlene was preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 58 years, William "Bill" Anderson. They were married in April of 1956 in North Adams, Massachusetts. Marlene is survived by her daughter Mary Rosswurm (Patrick) of Zionsville, Indiana, grandchildren Ryan (Rachel) Anderson of Beverly, Massachusetts and Bradley Anderson of Zionsville, Indiana, brothers-in-law Donald Anderson (Nicky) of Temecula, California and Bernard Anderson (Barbara) of Sun City West, Arizona and Mitzi, Marlene and Bill's beloved Boston Terrier. An informal/casual visitation will be held at the Anderson home on Monday, November 2nd between 3pm and 6pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Oro Valley Police Department, 11000 N. La Canada Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. The family wishes to thank Bill and Marlene's wonderful neighbors for their many years of friendship and the Oro Valley Police Department for their compassion and kindness during this difficult time.