Marion Charlotte DEEX
- Born: August 17, 1913, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA 4 5
- Baptized: August 31, 1913, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA 6
- Marriage: Herman Alva SCHMALZ on July 16, 1934 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA 1 2 3
- Died: April 27, 1982, Tucson, Pima, Arizona, USA at age 68 7 8
- Buried: April 29, 1982, Tucson, Arizona - Holy Hope Cemetery
Marion worked at the Valley National Bank and was a senior officer of the bank when she retired.
\ulStory told by Marion Small - Remembered by her son Gordon
In the late nineteen-fourties, there weren't any super hiways or multilane roads all over the US. Most of the roads crisscrossing the US were simple two lane roads and roads that went through the mountains were sometimes particularly scary because of how narrow they were. One time my mother, Marion, and my dad, and my aunt and uncle, and I, were on a trip by car either to or from Tucson, Arizona to Cleveland, Ohio. On the way they decided to stop and visit relatives in Paris, Arkansas. I don't remember much about the trip but as I remember my mother telling the story, my dad was riding with my uncle in my uncle's car and my mother and aunt were following in our family car. They were traveling on a very narrow winding road through the mountains of Arkansas and my mother said that my uncle was doing 80-90mph and it was scarring the heck out of her to try and keep up. Well, after a couple hours my uncle finally pulled over for gas or a rest break and my mother was so relieved. While they were stopped she asked my uncle if he would be willing to slow down as she was terribly frightened at the speeds he was traveling. My uncles response was... "I never speed! I always do the speed limit!" My mother insisted that he follow her. My mother noticed that when my uncle was following her he would sometimes lag behind a little and then catch up quickly. Well, when they got to the next stop my uncle said that he did some testing which explained everything. It happened that when the speedometer in his car reached 60mph the needle never went any further no matter how fast he was going. Since the speed limit on most hiways back then was 60 mph he always thought he was doing the speed limit no matter how fast he was going.
Another story my mother told me about the stop in Paris, Arkansas was that when they arrived they went to a dead end on a dirt road leading to my father's relatives house. From there the relatives met us with a horse drawn wagon and took us the rest of the way to their house which was way out in the back hills. She described the house as "something right out of Snuffy Smith". Reinforcing her perception.... That evening sombody went out to the still and brought back a jug of moonshine and everyone proceded to get totally wasted. The next morning there were relatives scattered all over sleeping everywhere, even passed out on the floor.
\ulStories told by Marion Small - Remembered by her daughter Carol
When my brother Larry died, I believe mother and daddy were living in a duplex. Mother blamed Larry's death on the landlady. She said that the landlady would try to save money by skimping on the coal she would put in the furnace and kept mother and daddy's place very cold. Mother thought that it was the cold that caused "a quick pneumonia' that killed Larry. Of course no one knew about sudden infant death syndrome back then which was probably the real cause of Larry's death. After Larry died, the landlady's daughter would stand in front of mother and daddy's window and chant,"Nah, nah your baby died!! NAH, NAH YOUR BABY DIED!!!!".
When Mother was a little girl, her grandmother lived down the street. She was kind of senile and would grab kids walking down the street, tightly by the wrist, and say something like "GET OVER HERE YOU BAD LITTLE GIRL!!! WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING!?". Mother said it used to really embarrass her.
Grandma Deex (Rose Ehrbar Deex) used to run a home for unwed Mothers.She would take in girls that were pregnant out of wedlock.
One time, when Mother was a little girl, she and grandma Deex were standing outside the church after Mass talking to a priest. Grandma was telling the priest she didn't know what to do about the fact that mother kept using her left hand for everything. The priest grabbed mother's right hand and said, "everything you do with this hand you do for God." Then he grabbed her left hand and said, "And, everything you do with this hand you do for the devil!". This had a devistating effect and mother was bothered by the incident for many many years.
Noted Events In her Life:
- Census, 1920, West Park, Cuyahoga, Ohio - District 607.
The following children of Charles JDeex are listed on this page:
Gilbert Son, Age 8
Marion C Daughter, Age 6
- Census, April 10, 1930, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio - District 275.
The following children of Charles J. Deex are listed on this page:
Mary C., Daughter, Age 16 - (Should be "Marion")
Rosemary., Daughter, Age 8
- Residence: 8322 Bancroft, 1941, Cleveland, Ohio.
Herman & Marion purchased the home in 1941 and lived there with their children, Robert, Mary and Gordon until they moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1947. Their phone number was MI6922. As was the custom in those days, the first two digits of a phone number were alphabetical and the MI in this case stood for "Michigan".
- Residence: 2919 N. Cherry Ave, 1947, Tucson, Arizona.
Herman & Marion purchased this home in 1947 and lived there with their children, Robert, Mary, Gordon, Carol and Richard. They sold the house in the late 1960s and purchased another house in Tucson on Princeton Pl. The phone number on Cherry Avenue was 61651 when they moved in in 1947. When the phone company needed more numbers they went from the 5 digit number to a seven digit number and the new number was EA61651. As was the custom in those days, the first two digits of a phone number were alphabetical and the MA in this case stood for "Main".
- Name Change: The Herman SCHMALZ family name was changed from SCHMALZ to SMALL, March 12, 1948, Pima County, Arizona. View Image
- Publication: City Directory, 1948, Tucson, Arizona.
- Cemetery: Holy Hope Cemetery, April 29, 1982, Tucson, Arizona.
Marion married Herman Alva SCHMALZ, son of Conrad Charles SCHMALZ and Nettie Christine URNESS, on July 16, 1934 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA.1 2 3 (Herman Alva SCHMALZ was born on October 6, 1911 in Belle Fourche, Butte, South Dakota, USA 9, baptized on July 20, 1912 in Watauga, Corson, South Dakota, USA, died on October 13, 1990 in Tucson, Pima, Arizona, USA 10 and was buried on October 17, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona - Holy Hope Cemetery.)