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Marie Elizabeth "Dodo" Peters Merrell
Birth: Sep. 22, 1906
Spokane
Spokane County
Washington, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1987
Paramount
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Marie was the first child of parents George Peters and wife Jennie Decker. She married Chester Turnidge on July 20, 1924 in Willamina, Oregon. They had one son, Warren. Chester was a wife beater so the marriage finally ended in divorce in December 1944 in Los Angeles, California. Marie loved ballroom dancing and became an instructor doing this. She also supported her son by becoming an illegal "bookie" for horse racing in the 1950s. This was very profitable for her and she even had a part-ownership in a racehorse at one time. She had a strong, domineering German personality. She was the matriarch of her family, always ready with a helping hand for all of her siblings and their children. She married Benjamin Douglas Merrell on August 10, 1952 at the Arlington Avenue Christian Church in Los Angeles, California. Doug, as he was known to everyone, was a wonderful man and he made her very happy. They were the perfect couple and never quarreled. The two of them were kind, loving grandparents to her grandchildren, Shelley and Scott. Marie went out of her way to do all she could to make their childhood as happy as it could be. She was generous to a fault. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was my grandmother and I dearly miss her. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Michael Peters (1876 - 1957)
  Jennie Anna Decker Peters (1888 - 1970)
 
 Spouses:
  Chester Vincent Turnidge (1900 - 1954)
  Benjamin Douglas Merrell (1910 - 1977)
 
 Children:
  Warren Ace Turnidge (1935 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles A. Peters (1901 - 1971)**
  Marie Elizabeth Peters Merrell (1906 - 1987)
  Clarence William Peters (1908 - 1990)*
  Albert Franklin Peters (1911 - 1992)*
  Martha Mae Monroe (1913 - 1996)**
  Mayella Decker Henry (1916 - 2012)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Body donated to medical science
Specifically: body donated to USC School of Medicine
 
Created by: Michelle Shreve
Record added: Jan 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64565286
Marie Elizabeth Dodo <i>Peters</i> Merrell
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Marie Elizabeth Dodo <i>Peters</i> Merrell
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Marie Elizabeth Dodo <i>Peters</i> Merrell
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Dodo, I miss you so much. You were the best grandmother in the world.
- Shelley
 Added: Jan. 31, 2011
 
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