Marie Webster was born in Huntington Beach, California, one year before the Great Depression in 1929. She also lived in Cudahy, California and remembers living through a 7.0 earthquake. Marie has 2 sisters, Edith & Anita, and brother, Danny. Marie relocated to Arizona in 1987 when her second husband, Don, was transferred to McDonald Douglas from the Hughes Helicopter company as chief photographer. They met at a piano bar and hit it off with a strong connection for music.
Don and Marie married in 1968 and continued on with their love of music which was foundational to the marriage of 27 years. Her chorus group, the Sweet Adelines, sang at their largely attended wedding. Marie had two children (son & daughter) and eventually became a great, great grandmother.
When Marie began looking at Leisure Living homes she wanted something comparable to the size of her mobile home. Marie first learned about The Springs from her girlfriend, Emily. She was happy to find living arrangements that provided a friendly staff, great location, and three meals a day. When Marie learned of the available accommodations, she liked the idea of being able to utilize her husband’s military benefit which continued on after his death on December 7th, 1993. All of these considerations made for an easy decision to move to ‘The Springs’.
Marie was first introduced to music in the 7th grade where she learned to play the “Double Bass” string instrument. Later she switched to playing Bass in the Merenbloom Youth Orchestra sponsored by 20th Century Fox Studios. In later years Marie wanted to learn a new instrument so she decided to play the Ukulele. During the “Cruise Week” Hawaiian Luau, she enjoyed dressing up in her colorful Hawaiian dress, and playing some her favorite songs.
Marie also enjoyed leading karaoke and was actively involved in entertaining the Springs Residents with her solo singing. Marie’s love of music had her singing frequently with the five-time World Champion Scottsdale “Sweet Adelines” Chorus. Because of winning the championship the chorus received and invitation to perform with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1991. The chorus was featured on the M.T.C.’s public radio show.
Their unique chorus also entertained locally at the Scottsdale Arts Center. Through the Jewish Federation Marie had the opportunity perform many U.S.O. charity shows in Hollywood for famous stars such as Eddy Canter, Liz Taylor & Rodney McDowell.
Marie thank you for being a positive influence in the Springs family and for sharing your special story with us. Continue with that beautiful smile and the song in your every step. We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!
Interviewed by T.S.M.