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 Marjorie <I>Bell</I> Pelton

Marjorie Bell Pelton

Birth
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Death 26 Jan 1992 (aged 80)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot East Park_91_6
Memorial ID 154637 · View Source
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Marjorie Bell Ayers Grump Pelton
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The Deseret News
January 28, 1992
page B4

Marjorie Gump Pelton, 80, passed away on January 26, 1992 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Born August 16, 1911 in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Charles N. and Eugene H. Bell. She graduated from Rock Springs High School, Wyoming, and attended the University of Colorado where she received her B.S. in Education in 1932. She had two previous marriages, one to Rowen B. Ayers and a second marriage to Joseph R. Gump. On November 5, 1988 she married Philip A. Pelton.

Marjorie Gump Pelton had a long and successful career in the real estate business which began in 1954, when she began selling for the Wright-Wirthlin Company. In her third year she became the first woman to be named to the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. She later became the first female vice president on the organization's Board of Directors and was named Saleswoman of the Year, award by the Women's Division of the Board of Realtors in 1954. Marjorie was considered a pioneer for women in real estate and paved the way for women in the industry.

She and her son, Victor R. Ayers, together, began Gump and Ayers Real Estate in 1959, which was then located in the Redman Building at 1240 East 2100 South close to its present location in Sugarhouse. She served as president of the Women's Division in 1959. In 1961 she was elected to serve for two years as a director of the Salt Lake Real Estate Board. In later years she received the Board of Realtors' President's Award, given to a member of the board who has shown meritorious service to the community and the profession; and received the Women's Council's Woman of the Year award in 1985.

Marjorie Gump Pelton was active in community affairs and helped start the Alpha Phi Sorority on the University of Utah campus and was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, an educational organization for 42 years. She served on the PEO Sisterhood's State Board and was president of the state organization in 1967. She was a member of Zonta International and Women's Executive Council.

She is survived by her husband, Philip Pelton, and son and daughter-in-law, Victor and Marion Ayers, grandsons, Michael and Robert Ayers; granddaughter, Susan Ayers-Matonis and husband Jon Matonis, Moss Beach, Calif.; and great-grandchildren Rowen Ayers, Salt Lake City; and Carina Matonis, Moss Beach, Calif.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 30, 12 noon at Wasatch Presbyterian church, 1700 East 1700 So., where friends may call one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to PEO Sisterhood, Chapter R., Attn: Mrs. Kaye Lords, President, 4190 Sovereign Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84124. This is for its educational funds which further women's education. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Evans & Early Mortuary.


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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 154637
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marjorie Bell Pelton (16 Aug 1911–26 Jan 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 154637, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .