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OHS: Countess of Suffolk
Sunday, November 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm MST
Join us at the Acadia Ranch Museum for this speaker event on the Countess of Suffolk. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. On Sunday, November 5th at 1:00 pm Marilyn MacLean will offer her memories of living on the nearby estate of Margaret Howard, the Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire. In 1957 the former Margaret “Daisy” Leiter, a Chicago heiress, bought a 3,500 acre ranch in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, around 25 miles north of Oro Valley. She built a Spanish style home with landscaped gardens and a large swimming pool, in all a complex of nine buildings. The main house is now part of the restaurant at the Biosphere 2. The countess lived a private but ostentatious life, reportedly nurturing a love of fast horses, cars, and airplanes.
Marilyn was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1928, and moved to the Tucson area where her father accepted a position as Estate Manager for the Countess. The MacLean family lived on the estate for eight years, where Marilyn finished high school through the years of World War II. After graduating from the University of Arizona, she taught school in Whittier, California. With the exception of moving back to Tucson to complete her Master’s degree, she has lived in Whittier, California since, teaching and supervising art. After meeting and marrying her husband, Alan, she has been the mother of five children, foster mother to a niece and nephew, grandmother to ten grandchildren, and is now great-grandmother to four great-grandchildren.
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