Marilyn Kemper - 1963
Bio & Picture from 40th Reunion
Update for 50th Reunion
After graduating from Hickman High School, I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. While in college, I met Darrel Ashby, who was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, for basic training in the Army. We were married in 1967. We had our daughter Michelle in 1969, while at Fort Leonard Wood. After leaving the Army, we moved to Utah in 1972, where our son Chadd was born. We fell in love with Utah. The scenery is so beautiful, and the weather is great (no humidity). After a long illness, Darrel passed away in 1994.
My daughter, Michelle, and her friend introduced me to Chris Sunderland in 1997. We were married in 1999. We built a new home in Riverton, Utah, a city about 10 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. This is a rural area with horse property. Chris is building a HO Scale Model Railroad layout in half of our basement. I still love doing crafts and art work whenever possible. We keep busy with our hobbies. We have 6 grandchildren and enjoy being with family whenever we can.
Chris received a college degree, with an emphasis in electronics, from Salt Lake Community College. He is a technician for the FAA (Federal Aviation Association). I work as a Support System Analyst Supervisor at Companion Technologies, a medical software vendor. I have been with the company for 20 years.
At this time I am not working. I was laid off my job after 28 years (after purchased by another company) and am looking for another position, but in the meantime, I keep very busy with my art work.
After doing a lot of artwork in painting, wood crafts, and other mediums, I am now doing relief carving on gourds. Yes, gourds. They carve a lot like wood and I really enjoy it. I have a website www.marilynsunderlandstudio.com with some of my gourd carvings. I teach gourd classes on how to carve and paint them. I am in the process of writing and completing a book on my gourd art. I hope to get it published in the near future. I will be adding it to my website as soon as it is published. Chris and I participate in art shows and train shows. We support each other in our hobbies.
Here are a few of the gourds that I am especially proud of.