Marcella is Cute, but What about Tomorrow?
By Praying, Marcella Survived!
It was two years from the time her parents were murdered until the Sunday Night at the Community of Christ church, she was losing hope. Marcella had few choices to just stay alive, with God’s help and many of his people praying she did survive. Organized crime in Springfield controls local politics, do not cross the wrong people.
In 1970 she met a guy named Gus Gore, but returning to see him again, it was too dangerous for them both. For the first month he searched for her, though people told him she is nothing but trouble. His pastor at Springfield’s Community of Christ church talked with Gus explaining her circumstances. He had to wait for two more years to see the answer to his prayers.
There are mean people on the streets, extortion, prostitution, and murder are daily circumstances to overcome. Some people survive, some people do not survive. A home for run-away teenage girls was Hell on Earth, girls died and there was no one to care.
It is Wednesday May 24th, 1972 at Gus Gore’s home in west Springfield. A woman’s voice greets him as he puts his key into the front door lock. Looking down the side of his house toward the back yard, his heart jumps with excitement. There is the girl of his dreams in the flesh right here. Her long blonde hair hanging in a single loose braid, gorgeous tan, pink crop top, and denim cut-off shorts. The girl has bare feet and is not really that clean, but Gus does not care: Marcella is Here! This teenager is scared and trembling bad, though right now she wants a drink. They go inside the house, she opens the refrigerator door and asks him for a glass.