As interviewed by Bill Weisé
Currently living in Deland, Marion Dailey has her roots in Winter Park. Her family moved there when she was a small child and she graduated from Winter Park High School. She went on to receive her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from St. Leo University, outside of Tampa. Marion loved her years at St. Leo and has maintained close ties. She enjoys giving back to her alma mater and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Leo Alumni Association.
After college, Winter Park continued to beckon and Marion returned to the area to teach. She taught for a number of years in Oviedo in Seminole County, moving up from Assistant Principal to ultimately Principal at Sterling Park Elementary School (her favorite position). Marion remained in the Seminole County School System as Director of Elementary Education and finally retired as Executive Director of Instructional Services K-12. Marion’s wonderful husband, Bill, was also an educator and administrator in Seminole County.
Marion and her husband retired to a weekend home they owned on the St. John’s River in Georgetown, FL, but they found that too isolating. They fell in love with the quaintness of Deland and decided to move there. One of the reasons Marion has enjoyed living in Deland in the years since her husband’s passing has been the proximity to Stetson. She is particularly attracted to the many cultural offerings the university provides, especially musical opportunities. This is one of the main reasons that Legacy Pointe appeals to her so much – through its College of Arts and Humanities, UCF has a constant variety of musical events, concerts and performances that will be within easy reach, with transportation provided by Legacy Pointe.
Marion has a long history with UCF as a graduate student; she received her Master’s, Specialist and Doctoral degrees from UCF. Once she moves to Legacy Pointe, she is looking forward to participating in the LIFE program (Learning Institute for Elders) at UCF and exploring what the Women’s Club at UCF has to offer. She currently is very active as a volunteer in her community, helping in her church’s food pantry and a number of other ministries. Marion enjoys participating in several book clubs and can be seen at her local YMCA three-four times each week for water aerobics. A life-long proponent of higher education, she also belongs to the international sorority, P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), which is a women’s organization providing scholarships to women.
As much as she enjoys living in Deland, Marion was bitten by the travel bug many years ago with her husband and they visited around 40 countries over the years. It would not take much encouragement for her to consider a second home in Tuscany! What’s next on the horizon for this world traveler? She is especially looking forward to visiting Australia and New Zealand this coming January. She enjoys having several trips on her schedule and has already planned a jaunt to Italy in the Spring and one to Israel next Fall. She commented that she only needs a few more states before she can cross all 50 U.S. states off her bucket list.
Marion and her cats, Little One and Mr. Whiskers, are looking forward to residing at Legacy Pointe! The move will bring peace of mind to her family for her future and provide the lifestyle Marion wants for herself. She remarked that she has thoroughly enjoyed meeting her future neighbors at the various community events held to-date. Marion anticipates forging great friendships in the coming years and perhaps swapping some travel experiences with fellow adventurers.