Mary Cecelia Pepper

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2000

Longtime Homer resident Mary Cecelia Pepper died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at her home in Homer. She was 76.

Memorial services will be held 6 p.m. Monday at the Seafarer's Memorial on the Homer Spit. Billy Pepper will officiate.

Mrs. Pepper was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Worcester, Mass. She obtained a bachelor's degree in human services and became the Vocational Rehabilitation Director for the state of Massachusetts until retiring in 1975.

In 1976, she moved to Hawaii to enjoy the ocean and her youngest son. While in Hawaii, she worked for the Department of Corrections.

She moved to Homer in 1981 after being hired by the Land's End Resort to manage. In 1989, she moved to Florida to become a real estate agent, before returning to Alaska in 1993 to live with family.

Mrs. Pepper was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Homer.

She had been awarded the citizen of the year in Oxford, Mass., as well as the Democratic Woman of the Year for the state of Massachusetts. She also was president of the Democratic Women on Wheels of New England during the Kennedy Administration.

She enjoyed playing cards, especially poker, going to the beach, charging on her credit cards and sports. She was a die hard Red Sox fan until the end.

"Mary will always be remembered for her dedication to her children. She loved each one of them in her own way. She called a spade a spade and was well known for that. Her ability to care for the handicapped and provide an opportunity for them in society is the best example of her caring spirit and perseverance through any situation. She will be missed by anyone who knew her, for she left an everlasting impression," the family said.

She is survived by her sons, John Premo, of Worcester, Mass., Phil Premo, of Madison Heights, Mich., Billy Pepper, of Homer; daughter, Deborah Beando, of Worcester; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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