Marilyn Culpepper

Lansing, Michigan

Marilyn Mayer Culpepper passed away very peacefully on Valentine’s Day 2016, which happened to be her favorite holiday. She was born in Flint, MI, to Florence and Glenn Mayer. She moved with her parents to Lansing, where she spent the rest of her life. Marilyn was predeceased by her beloved husband, Tom.

Marilyn graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA, from Columbia University (New York) with an MA, and from the University of Michigan with a Ph.D. She was a guest editor for Mademoiselle Magazine in 1944. She was a professor at Michigan State University for over 50 years. She authored and co-authored several books, primarily on American History. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Junior League of Lansing, Woman’s Club of Lansing, University Club of MSU, and the Michigan Women’s Historical Society.

A celebration of Marilyn’s life and a luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Country Club of Lansing. Marilyn expressed her preference that her friends “do something special for someone they love or someone that nobody loves.” Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Online condolences may be left at

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Judy Hartgerink
February 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

I knew Marilyn through her membership in the First Presbyterian Church (Lansing). She was a lovely woman and was greatly admired by many. My sincere condolences to her family.

Lisa Bolton-Hunt
February 17, 2016 at 6:46 am

Very sad to read that my freshman year, American Thought and Language professor Marilyn Culpepper has passed away. I believe above all other teachers I have ever had, she had the greatest influence on my life- She was kind, inspiring, pragmatic, helpful, encouraging, and made you feel you might be the best writer in the whole world. Dr. Culpepper, you made a mark in the world, and you changed the lives of many students, I know, because I was one of them. May God welcome you into paradise, may the angels greet you on your way.

J.Irvin Nichols
March 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Marilyn was a close friend for more than 58 years. She will be missed by many in the Lansing community.

Kay Krueger Crofoot
March 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm

Mrs. Culpepper was my prof for 2 terms of American Thought and Language. She was an excellent professor and had such a charming personality and manner. Always friendly, positive, encouraging, and warm, a true lady, and a lovely person.


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