Marcella Frances Fagan Hance was born in Providence, RI in 1923. She graduated from Hope High in 1940 and Brown University in 1944. As a student, she was elected to the War Council and directed Camel Cigarette week, which sent cartons of cigarettes purchased by Pembrokers to troops serving in World War II. Marcella earned her College Teacher Certification from Wheaton College in 1966 and taught in Illinois and Minnesota before returning to Providence in 1986. She was active volunteer with her church, the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, and the American Cancer Society. At the time of her 1988 interview, she was widowed and the mother of five children. She died on February 23, 1996.