Marcia G. Petheram, 71, of Peoria, formerly of Charles City, Iowa, died of cancer April 8 at Banner Hospice House in Sun City West.

Ms. Petheram grew up in Charles City, Iowa and then moved to Cape Cod, Mass., where she began her 35-year career with AT&T. She later moved to the Phoenix area to be closer to family and decided to stay.

She is survived by her brother, David (Jan) of Des Moines, Iowa; niece, Laura Petheram of Ankeny, Iowa; niece, Emily Petheram of Des Moines; nephew, Scott, and his daughter, Payton, of Des Moines; aunt, Marje Worrell of Harwich, Mass.; plus many cousins and caring friends from her workplace and condo complex. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Marion Petheram of Sun City, Ariz., and her favorite cocker spaniel, Maggie.

Ms. Petheram was a private person who cared deeply for her family. She enjoyed going out to lunch with many friends in the area, making lengthy phone calls to family, keeping current on news and events, and shopping for and decorating her condo.

Graveside services of the cremains will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Charles City, Iowa at a later date. Visit www.menkefuneralhome.com to leave condolences.