Marian Mish1

Female, #38827, (16 Dec 1915 - 23 Aug 2008)
Father*Robert Warren Howe Mish (s 1890 - )
Mother*Ligia Botts (s 1893 - )
Birth*16 Dec 1915 She was born on 16 Dec 1915 at Middlebrook, Augusta Co., Virginia.2,3 
Marriage*say 1940 She married (?) Ganong say 1940. 
Married Namesay 1940  As of say 1940, her married name was Ganong. 
Birth of Son18 Aug 1942 Her son Jay Ganong was born on 18 Aug 1942.3 
SSN*1960 Her Social Security Number was issued in 1960 in Virginia.3 
Marriage*1 Dec 1969 She married James Henry Culpepper Jr. on 1 Dec 1969 at age 53. 
Married Name1 Dec 1969  As of 1 Dec 1969, her married name was Culpepper. 
Death of Spouse27 Jul 1974 Her husband James Henry Culpepper Jr. died on 27 Jul 1974 at Millboro, Bath Co., Virginia.3,4 
Biography*1978 Marian Mish (Mrs. James Henry) Culpepper (from Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1978 – 1979):
Former pub. relations exec; b. nr. Staunton, VA; d. Robert Warren Howe and Ligia (Botts) Mish; student Mary Baldwin Coll., 1938; m. James Henry Culpepper (also listed in Who's Who), 1 Dec 1969; children from previous marriage-Jay, Stuart Wentworth Ganong. Sec., office mgr. to alumni sec. VA Mil. last. Alumni Assn., Lexington, 1937-39; sec. Van Strum & Towne, Inc., San Francisco, 1940-42; sales rep. Henry Fayette, Inc., Chgo., 1946-53; asso. John J. Greer A.I.D. & Assos., Georgetown, Washington, 1950-53; sales rep. Walter Lamb, Pebble Beach, Calif., 1953-54; mgr. campaign hdqrs. Teaque for Congress, Monterey, Calif., 1954; rancher, developer Edison A. Holt, Carmel Valley, Calif., 1953-54; social dir. preparatory to opening, Disneyland, Calif., 1955; account coordinator Hixon & Jorgensen Advt., Los Angeles, 1956-57; dir. contact div., speakers' bur. Knowland for Calif. Gov. campaign, Los Angeles, 1958; account exec., West Coast rep. Farson Huff & Northlich Advt. & Pub. Relations, Cin., 1958-59; dir. contact div. Bell-for-Congress campaign, Beverly Hills, Calif, 1960; pub. relations Frost &. Shaffer Advt, Hollywood, Calif, 1959-61; pub. relations dir. Calif. Adoption Found, Holy Family Adoption Service, Los Angeles, 1961-62, Leo J. Shanahan Co, Tustin, Calif, 1962-64; pub. relations Blakiston Ranch, Inc, Chatsworth, Calif, 1965-68. Founding chmn. Orange County (Calif.) Women's chpt. Freedoms Found. Valley Forge. Founding dir., show chmn. Peacock Hill Nat. Horse Show to Benefit John Tracy Clinic, Tustin, 1964, 65; coordinator City of Hope Internat. Horse Show, 1968. Mean. Pub. Relations Soc. Am. Republican. Episcopalian. Editor, pub. The Orange 1 Book, 1966-67. Home: PO Box 6160, 6 Farmington Dr. Charlottesville VA 22906.
Death of Son31 Oct 1994 Her son Jay Ganong died on 31 Oct 1994.3 
Residence*Aug 2008 Marian resided at Hot Springs, Bath Co., Virginia, in Aug 2008.3 
Death*23 Aug 2008 She died at Charlottesville (city), Virginia, on 23 Aug 2008 at age 92.2,3 
Obituary*27 Aug 2008 The extraordinary life of Marian Mish Culpepper came to a close on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
     She was born in Middlebrook, Virginia, on December 16, 1915, to the late Robert W.H. Mish and Ligia Botts Mish, and was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Culpepper; a sister, Margaret Mish Timberlake; a brother, Robert W.H. Mish Jr; and a son, Jay Ganong.
     She is survived by her son Stuart Wentworth Ganong of Healdsburg, California, granddaughters, Shannon Ganong Darling of Tuxedo Park, New York, and Meredith Clare Ganong of Boise, Idaho. Also, a niece, Jane Timberlake Helwig; and nephews, Stephen D. Timberlake, V. Robert W.H. Mish III, and Everett H. Mish.
     Mrs. Culpepper piloted her life from the hills of Lexington, Virginia, to the hills of San Francisco to the excitement of Los Angeles and Hollywood - from opening Disneyland with Walt Disney to working with the top interior designers in the country. Her flair for "doing it up right" was her trademark, and it seemed to come as easily as a flip of her infamous locks of hair. That flair appeared in the many years she spent in advertising, public relations and political campaigns and helped to transform events she planned for important fundraising causes as well. Causes such the Holy Family Adoption Service in Los Angeles, the John Tracy Clinic in Tustin, the City of Hope International Horse Show and the Memorial Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Mrs. Culpepper also was editor and publisher of The Orange Book: The Social Registry of Orange County, California. She worked tirelessly on numerous projects right up until her death - an autobiography was to be her next, but she was worried about naming names.
     A graveside service will be held at the Bethel Presby-terian Church Cemetery, 563 Bethel Green Road, Staunton, VA 24401, at 10 a.m. Monday, September 1, 2008. A later service is being planned for her in Grace Cathedral in her favorite San Francisco.2 
Burial*1 Sep 2008 Her body was interred on 1 Sep 2008 at Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Staunton (city), Virginia.2,5 

Family 1

(?) Ganong (before 1920 - )
Marriage*say 1940 She married (?) Ganong say 1940. 

Family 2

James Henry Culpepper Jr. (15 Mar 1914 - 27 Jul 1974)
Marriage*1 Dec 1969 She married James Henry Culpepper Jr. on 1 Dec 1969 at age 53. 
Last Edited4 Nov 2012


  1. Who Was Who 1974-76.
  2. Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA.
    Obituary of Marian Mish Culpepper (#38827), published 27 Aug 2008.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  4. Find a Grave (online database)
    Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk (city), VA
    + Culpepper, James Henry, Jr 95422948, Mar. 15, 1914 - Jul. 27, 1974
    + Culpepper, Frances Baldwin 95422754, Sep. 29, 1913 - Feb. 10, 1968
    + Culpepper, James Henry, III 95422699, May 22, 1941 - Feb. 12, 1943.
  5. Find a Grave (online database)
    Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Middlebrook, Augusta Co., Virginia
    + Marian Mish Culpepper, 29353273, Dec. 16, 1915 - Aug. 23, 2008.