Marilyn M. Mayer1

Female, #3112, (20 Aug 1922 - 14 Feb 2016)
Birth*20 Aug 1922 Marilyn was born at Flint, Genesee Co., Michigan, on 20 Aug 1922.2 
Marriage*23 Aug 1952 She married Thomas Webber Culpepper on 23 Aug 1952 at age 30. 
Married Name23 Aug 1952  As of 23 Aug 1952, her married name was Marilyn Mayer Culpepper Ph.D.. 
Residence1993 Thomas and Marilyn resided at Lansing, Ingham Co., Michigan, in 1993.3 
Death of Spouse10 Apr 2005 Her husband Thomas Webber Culpepper died on 10 Apr 2005 at Lansing, Ingham Co., Michigan.4 
Death*14 Feb 2016 She died at Lansing, Ingham Co., Michigan, on 14 Feb 2016 at age 93.2 
Obituary*16 Feb 2016 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.

There will be a gathering of friends at a later date. However, per Marilyn's request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. 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.2 


Thomas Webber Culpepper (22 Nov 1921 - 10 Apr 2005)
Marriage*23 Aug 1952 She married Thomas Webber Culpepper on 23 Aug 1952 at age 30. 
Last Edited24 Feb 2016


  1. Marilyn Mayer Culpepper received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is an author and Professor Emerita at Michigan State University. Her books include:
    - Never Will We Forget: Oral Histories of World War II (Hardcover, 2008)
    - Women of the Civil War South: Personal Accounts from Diaries, Letters and Postwar Reminiscences
    (Paperback, 2003)
    - All Things Altered: Women in the Wake of the Civil War (Paperback, 2002)
    - Trials and Triumphs: The Women of the American Civil War
    (Paperback, 1995)
    - Writing for Life: A Writer's Reader
    (Paperback, 1988).
  2. Obituary of Marilyn Culpepper, published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 16, 2016.
  3. Inc., compiler, US Public Records Index, Online database at, 2005.
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at