Marion Schmidt Escallon
Marion Schmidt Escallon of Hoffman Estates Funeral arrangements for Marion Schmidt Escallon will be private. Born July 25, 1912, in Chicago, she passed away Friday, July 18, 2003, at Brighton Gardens, Hoffman Estates. Marion was a petroleum exploration geologist, and was the first woman to serve in that capacity at both Sinclair and Texaco. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa from the University of Michigan, and headed Texaco's office in Columbia in the late 1930's. In 1941, Marion earned her private pilot's license in five months, and married Carlos Escallon, subsequently living in Panama, Cuba and Columbia until 1949. She settled in North White Plains, N.Y., in 1951 and raised her sons, resuming her career with Texaco in 1955. She was active in local and national politics, and a member of the National Republican Committee. Marion also was a conservationist, assisting in several wildlife organizations, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a 60 years member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Radio Relay League (amateur radio license WA2VFY), and the Westchester Republican Party. Marion is survived by her sons, Eduardo C. Escallon of Elwood, Ind., and Roberto J. Escallon of Elgin, and was loved by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Fraser Schmidt; her father, Harry Logan Schmidt; and her sister, H. Elizabeth Schmidt. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Foundation for End-Of-Life Care (VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund), 580 Waters Edge, Suite 100, Lombard, IL 60148. Arrangements were made by the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Friends may visit www.dailyherald.com/obits to express condolences and sign the guest book. For funeral information, (847)741-8800.
Published by Daily Herald on Jul. 20, 2003.
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It took me a very long time to do this as so much is going on in my life. I tried to put your loss out of my mind. I saw your empty room and it hit me. I still see you waiting for me to come and have a smoke and picture that smile. I miss you so very much and feel another void in my life. I will have you in my heart forever and always.
Love,
Laura
Laura T. Dudek-Konar
August 18, 2003
HI ROB, MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.I MISSED MARION THE DAY SHE MOVED WITH YOU. I REALIZED WHEN SHE WAS NOT STANDING OUTSIDE WAITING FOR ME TO BRING HER THE MAIL.I ALWAYS LOOKED FOWARD TO SEEING HER EVERYDAY DRIVING BY AND WAVING OR WALKING HER LITTLE DOG,THAT HAD PASSED LATER ON. I MUST SAY SHE HAD SOME STORIES TO TELL AND ADVICE TO GIVE ME. I WILL MISS HER DEARLY SHE WAS A GOOD HONEST FRIEND.

GRACIE THE MAIL CARRIER
GRACIE LUGO
July 29, 2003
Hi Rob and Ed. Mom received your wonderful letter and picture of mom and showed it to me today. Your mother never changed. We all have fond memories of her.One of mine is seeing her at the monument in NWP tapping on rocks. As a child I thought it a little strange but later found out about her life's work and realized it was not so strange after all.
All of us hope your memories will be a comfort to you both and knowing how many friends she had should make you smile. My Daughter Sandra asked me to extend her best wishes to you both and wanted to let you know she will remember your mother fondly too.
My mother is heart broken and talked about her all during our Monday shopping trip. She will miss knowing Marion is no longer here. All her friends are slowing passing away and for mom, being left behind is not OK.
Take care of yourselves and each other. With love and wishes for peace Elaine Jim and family.
Elaine Jensen
July 28, 2003
Rob and Ed you are in my prayers.

God Bless You, Mae Winters-SCC
Mae Winters
July 26, 2003
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