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Week of January 23, 2012


Marjorie Hepburn

Marjorie Hepburn, retired laboratory manager for the reproductive endocrinology program in Developmental Reproductive Biology, died Friday, Jan. 6 at her home. She was 86.

She was born Oct. 31, 1925 in Monroe County, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Mable (Petersen) Whipple.

Hepburn lived in the Chelsea area all of her life. She graduated salutatorian from Chelsea High School in 1944. She was a member of First Congregational Church, the Chelsea Women’s Club, the Red Hats and was active in the Chelsea Historical Society. She worked at U-M from the 1960s to 1987, and helped develop tests for checking hormone levels in blood. Hepburn was an avid reader and talented seamstress, and she loved her pets. She was an amazing mother and grandmother, family members say.

On July 28, 1945, she married Max Hepburn, who preceded her in death on May 4, 2003. Survivors include one son, Thomas (Teresa) of Swartz Creek; three daughters, Cynthia (Thomas) Harris of Chelsea, Alison Trevino of Chelsea and Nancy (Richard) Loftis of Jackson; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Hepburn; a sister-in-law, Mary Whipple of Dexter; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Josephine Bennett and Peg Eaton. She was preceded in death by two sons, Philip and John; two brothers and seven sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

— Submitted by Alison Trevino

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