Marion Jane (Dubeck) Vroman, a long time resident of the Rogue Valley, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Providence Memorial Hospital with family at her side.
She was the only child of Pauline and Daniel Dubeck, born in Vernon, N.Y., on August 23, 1923. When she was three years old, she became well-known for borrowing a tricycle from in front of a store and ended up at a police station where the police got her ice cream and the story was printed in the local papers with the title Little Miss Takes a Ride.
Much of her childhood was spent in her parents restaurant in Rome, N.Y. One of the high points of that experience was being reprimanded for having her finger in every one of several newly baked pies. Pulling her life together after that, she earned a business degree and became an accomplished concert pianist. Marion met her husband, Robert R. Vroman, in New York while he was in the U.S. Air Force. Soon after, in the mid forties, they moved to his home town of Medford, Ore., and raised three children.
Marion worked for the Medford school district before beginning a long career with Jackson County, Oregon State University Extension Service, lasting 42 years. During that tenure, from 1953 to 1995, she worked with many wonderful people that she greatly admired and enjoyed.
Retiring as administrative assistant, she had the honored privilege of personally knowing nearly every orchardist, cattleman, 4-H leader, and the agents of Oregon State University. In 1995, at age 72, in the main arena at the Jackson County Fair, she was honored with a dozen roses, a standing ovation, free pass to the fair for life, and an invitation to serve another 42 years.
Marion maintained her friendships and gained new ones over the years, but her favorites were the children.
Marion is survived by her three children, Susan Perry, Sally Gravon, and Jim Vroman, and his wife; four grandchildren, Carin Wallace, and her husband; Ryan Vroman, and his wife; Abrielle Clayton; and Rachael Gravon. She also had four great-grandchildren, Trinity, Mia, Alex, and Tyler.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, August 6, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Colony Far East.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the 4-H Scholarship Fund, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR 97502.