In memoriam: Marie Pemberton, 25-year owner of Westside motel
The location is the Colorado Cowboys for Jesus Church, 11 N. 22nd St. Burial is at Crystal Valley Cemetery, with a reception to follow.
Mrs. Pemberton died Jan. 17. She was born April 5, 1920.
She is survived by a son, Art; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
In a 2006 interview with the Westside Pioneer, Mrs. Pemberton said that she and her husband Lee had formerly lived in Kansas City. They started making summer visits to Colorado Springs in 1945 and planned to retire here. Lee died in 1979, but Pemberton made the move on her own in 1991 and bought the 20-unit Maverick Motel at 3612 W. Colorado Ave. a short time later.
She took pride in her business, telling the Pioneer in 2006 about talking to a couple that had come back to the Maverick after 30 years. “They wanted to take a picture because they said it looked so nice now,” Mrs. Pemberton said.