Marilyn Black Phemister was a self-taught student of Greek and has studied Greek for many years. When faced with possible blindness from deteriorating eyesight, she decided to record the Greek New Testament. That way, she would still have access to it when she could no longer see it. As she worked on it, she thought other Greek students might benefit from the files, so she made them available for free listening or downloading on the Internet. Not long after she had finished the project, she became severely ill and spent over a year in the hospital or long term care. When she returned home and resumed use of the Internet, she found her web space rent expired and her page had been deleted. Because of her weakness from muscular dystrophy, Marilyn had not the strength or energy to build another website to make her files available again.
She had a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College (IL) and a Master of Education degree from UCLA. She was married to a retired Christian bookseller and lived for a time in a nursing home, where she pursued her hobbies of Greek, Latin, email, and Internet surfing.
Marilyn May Phemister, 78, died Jan. 19, 2012 of pneumonia. She was born May 23, 1933, daughter of Paul E. and Margaret Litzenberger Black. She was a retired elementary school teacher. She married Charles L. Phemister Feb. 18, 1974. He survives with brother Ronald Black of Snohomish, Wash.; and nephews Brad Tew, William Black, and Robert Black.