Marlyn Anne Pepmiller, 71, of Panama City Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010.
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Born Aug. 8, 1939, in Boulder, Colo., to John W. and Dorothy M. Conway, Marlyn , or "Mari" as she was known to both her family and friends, was the second oldest among her siblings, with an older brother, Jack, and two younger brothers, Tom and Bob.
While living in Colorado, Mari was first married to Edward Arthur House and through this matrimony had a lovely daughter, Janet. Mari later married her beloved Carter Max Pepmiller in 1963 on Valentines' Day in Loveland, Colo. They eventually set out for the Florida Panhandle in order to join other family members who had settled there and build a new life. With much joy and happiness, they resided in both Panama City Beach and Panama City, Fla., and raised two sons, Scott and Steve Pepmiller.
Over the years, Mari became a well known, loved and respected entrepreneur – and in particular, a very successful restaurant owner on the beach. She had a keen mind for business and combined this with a real passion for teaching and helping others who worked for her. Numerous individuals "up and down the beach" have been put through college, helped through life's difficult patches and taught the principles of self-dependence from their experiences and relationship with Mari.
Mari was preceded in death by her father, Johnny; mother, Dorothy; and youngest brother, Bobby.
With declining health over the past year, Mari was lovingly cared for by her sister-in-law, Virginia Bastendorf; and niece, Sherri Bell, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Carter Max Pepmiller; and two sons, Scott and Steve Pepmiller, all of Panama City Beach, Fla. She also is survived by her daughter, Janet Heath; and two brothers, Jack and Tom Conway of Boulder, Colo. Additional survivors include a loving and large extended family throughout the Florida Panhandle, the Ozarks of Missouri and the mountains of Colorado.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Mountain View Cemetery in Boulder, Colo. In lieu of flowers, small donations to the
also would be appreciated.