Marian E. Peck

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MARIAN E. PECK November 23, 1924 ~ April 9, 2013

Marian E. Peck, 88, born in San Francisco, CA, died peacefully on April 9, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Marian lived a life full of adventures and will be remembered as a traveler, historian, social coordinator, and overall amazing woman.

Marian grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Notre Dame High School. She married her husband Bill in 1943. They moved to Redding in 1951 with their son Michael. She worked for McCall’s Dairy and was involved in the Shasta County Sherriff’s Posse-ettes. Marian and Bill moved to Death Valley in 1968 where Marian worked at Furnace Creek Inn as a Fred Harvey girl and took the census for the area in 1970. Marian continued her work with the Furnace Creek Ranch and Resort for nearly 30 years in sales and public relations. Bill and Marian would summer in West Glacier, MT. Marian’s granddaughters would spend their summers with her in Montana in addition to traveling around the United States and Canada. She also traveled around the world with the Elderhostel program. She met friends everywhere she went.

Marian moved back to Redding in 2003 after losing her sight. However, this did not slow her down. She continued to travel with friends and family. She was a member of Death Valley 49ers, The Scarlett O’Hatters Red Hat Society, Society for the Blind, and loved to play cards.

Marian was preceded in death by husband Bill Peck, son Michael Peck, and sister Dorothy Webb. Marian is survived by her granddaughters Becky (and Aaron) Lewis and Heather (and Jamie) Clark, and by her great-grandchildren Jordan & Bradley Lewis and William & Lily Clark.

Memorial services will be at 10 am on Wednesday, April 17 at McDonald’s Chapel in Redding followed by graveside services at Redding Memorial Park. There will be a gathering of friends and family at The Redwoods clubhouse. A viewing is arranged for Monday, April 15 at McDonald’s Chapel from 3-7 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to Death Valley 49er Scholarship Fund, 222 West Yaney St. Bishop, CA 93514.


  • Visitation Monday, April 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Marian E. Peck

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May 1, 2013

Becky and Heather, Your Grandmother loved both of you so very much. She was so excited the day each of you were born. Grandpa Bill and Grammy were in Reno when you both were born. She taught you many of life's lessons and shared many journeys and adventures with both of you. Grammy especially enjoyed the summers spent with you in Montana. Marian was my friend, mother-in-law, and became my second mother. We had many fun times together. The memories that you shared with your grandmother will always be near and dear to your hearts. Continue to enjoy the adventures, journeys and lessons that you have shared with Grammy in her honor. Love, Mom

Jennifer Farrar

April 29, 2013

We will miss you on the bus.

Henry Golas

April 22, 2013

Marian was a dear, special Death Valley friend for over 34 years - we had many laughs and adventures during her tenure at Furnace Creek and shared a deep love of history and preservation... I was sad to learn of her passing while just in the Valley this past weekend and ironically, I had thought of calling her a week ago, but alas did not. She was an inspiration of boundless energy and spirit - an amazing soul.

Michael Ker

April 21, 2013

Marian, Bill, and Michael were our family friends from the time we moved to Redding. Mike and I were classmates starting at Bonnyview Elementary. Marian and my mom, Kay, were active as Den Mothers in Cub Scouts and school activities. Through her work as a bank officer, Marian helped mediate a family situation with Social Security during a difficult time after my dad's passing. She was always supporting of neighborhood friends and activities. We will miss her kind and uplifting spirit's physical presence, but will know it will always be there to call upon. My best wishes are with her family and friends.

Bev Malley Marvin Jensen

April 16, 2013

Marian was a special friend of ours ad the Death Valley '49ers. While working at Furnace Creek Ranch, she did more to help the '49ers than most of our members realize. She was an enormous help to us, when in 2012, we wrote the '49ers 2012 Keepsake on the History of Furnace Creek Ranch. We dedicated the book to Marian. Her help an encouragement made it possible. We will miss her but her legacy will live
on. Bev Malley and Marvin Jensen

Sylvia Lang

April 15, 2013

Marian Peck was a true role model for living with zest, dignity, grace, courage and independence. Nothing - death of loved ones and loss of vision included - could keep her from enjoying and embracing life. I have the privilege of owning a home formerly owned by Marian. On the day Marian died, one rose bloomed gloriously in the front yard as though in tribute to this great woman.

Kent Harding

April 12, 2013

There is always a need for someone to add humor to our hearts. Someone who would spice our lives with laughter and mischief. Someone we could turn to for advice, comfort and friendship; someone whose life would touch ours in a hundred different ways... So we were fortunate to have Marian.
With loving Memory,
The Harding's, Kent, Earlene, Shelby, Dallas, Kendra and Barry Cebulski