Marie A. Pepper, 84, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home. Marie was born July 1, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Miami in 1966 where she spent 36 years, then moved to Homosassa her husband Jack in 2002. Marie was a devoted mother, wife, and friend to all who loved her. She especially enjoyed decorating her homes, family gatherings, reading, traveling, volunteer work, and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. In her professional life, Marie was a career insurance underwriter for both personal and commercial lines, and loved her work. She served as both 'president' and 'past president' of the National Association of Insurance Women organization in Miami, from 1981-1983, and was a very active member in the organization until her retirement. Marie was also a member in her BPOE
Miami Elks Lodge #948 for many years, and served as an officer of the Elkettes in the 1990's. After her grandchildren were born, Marie became a volunteer in the Miami Dade County public school system for 10 years, mentoring young elementary aged children as part of the 'Listeners Make A Difference' program. She was privileged to have worked closely with students who had learning disabilities in giving them a better opportunity to learn to read.
Marie is survived by her husband of 34 years, John Pepper; daughters, Viki Hill and Lori Ray (Pete); stepsons, John Pepper Jr. and Thomas Pepper; brother, Paul Gioia; sisters, Lorraine Martin and Margaret Gioia; grandsons, Michael Subirana and Jacob Ray; granddaughter, Stefanie Hill. Marie also leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, and godchildren. She is predeceased by her parents Michael and Margaret Gioia.
Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com.