Evelyn Pepper Dies In California

Local Realtor lived in San Jose for 16 years
BY: ARETHA HOLLY

Evelyn Joye (Roork) Pepper, 79, formerly of Redding, California, died Thursday, October 29th, with her family by her side. She had lived here in San Jose with her husband since 1999.

Evelyn was born in Marlow, Oklahoma on August 20, 1936 to Claud Franklin and Rachel Faye (Sammon) Roork as the eldest of five siblings. The family moved to Artesia, New Mexico in 1946 when she was 10. She met the love of her life, John Wesley “Wes” Keith Pepper, in 1954 in Roswell, New Mexico and they were married in Roswell on March 19, 1955. They had three children together.

evelynPepper.jpgIn 1963 the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area . Mom worked for a large construction company in Redwood City as a full service bookkeeper from 1964 to 1974. In 1974, she began her career in real estate in Half Moon Bay.

But she found her calling when she opened her own real estate office in 1979, and she never looked back. She continued her real estate career in 1999, when she and Wes moved to San Jose, eventually starting  her own RE/MAX office where she worked until her recent decline in health.

Evelyn was known for her tireless energy and big heart which led her to help whomever she could.

Evelyn is survived by her three children, Mrs. Teresa Rust, John Pepper, and Mrs. Terri Larson; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; Sisters Lois Kessler and Jody Luethye; and brothers Dave and Darrell Roork. Her husband of 59 years, Wes Pepper, was waiting for her to join him.

A short chapel and graveside service took place at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Redding, followed by a luncheon buffet in the Parish Hall of St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Redding.

Memorial tributes can be left at: http://www.forevermissed.com/evelyn-joye-pepper/#about. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northern California Veteran’s Cemetery.