The Marla Hunter Foundation was created in 2013 by Scott Hunter to raise awareness and funds for cancer research for the American Cancer Society. Marla Hunter passed away on July 18, 2012 at the young age of 36 from a very rare cancer called neuroendocrine carcinoma. She left behind her husband Scott, three young children, family and many friends. This foundation was formed by Scott Hunter to continue to impact the community as Marla always did.
Marla Marian Hunter was born December 1, 1975 in Harbor City, California. She was the first of two children born to Robert and Debora Farmer. Her brother, Duke, was born 19 months later. When Marla was seven years old, her mom married Dennis Lanners, and Marla gained another brother, D.J., in 1984, and another loving Dad. Marla also gained an older step-sister, Mechelle, when her Dad married Rose Marie, her loving step-mom.
Marla's paternal grandparents, Robert and Eve, and maternal grandfather, Philip, preceded her in death. She was blessed to have her maternal grandma, Marian, a very important part of her life. She has uncles, aunts, cousins, a nephew, and a niece that will miss her so much, as will her many friends.
Marla moved from southern California to Ohio when she was a pre-teen. She graduated from Turpin High School in Cincinnati, and earned an A.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati.
She met Scott, her future husband, when they were co-workers. Friendship turned to love, and they were married August 7, 1999. They became the proud parents of Hailey in 2003 and Cameron in 2006. Marla also became the proud and loving step-mom to Evan, born in 1995.
Marla worked in the early years of their marriage, but later chose to become a full-time wife and mother. She was the consummate organizer. Marla was very proud of her beautifully decorated home that still felt so warm and welcoming to all that visited. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother while managing their busy lives. When Scott traveled for business, he always knew Marla would handle everything that needed to be done. She made sure that her children were always learning and active in many things. She truly did it all and made it look so easy.
Marla loved to listen to Christian music, study the Bible, and had a deep, abiding faith in God, even in her darkest days. Many things brought Marla joy- time on the beach; traveling; exercising; cooking; entertaining and hosting family gatherings.
Her beautiful smile and contagious laughter would light up a room. Her thoughtfulness and loyalty to all of her friends and family was unwavering. Her courage was an example and inspiration to all of us.