April 4, 2007


Mary Celeste Morrison Fasken Marcum


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Mary Celeste Morrison Fasken Marcum, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in Paris, TX. Mrs. Marcum was born in San Antonio, TX on May 6, 1919 to Frank B. and Mary Peters Morrison. She attended San Antonio schools and Texas Women’s College. Celeste lived most of her life in Midland where she was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, she was a wonderful example of a Christian woman and an inspiration to all who knew her.


Celeste was involved in the community as a volunteer for numerous organizations including Midland College, Trinity Towers, Board of Governors of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Inc., Board of Governors of High Sky Children’s Ranch, President of the Junior League of Midland, and a founding member of the Dollar Scholars Investment Club. Celeste and the late Murray Fasken created an endowed chair to recognize and reward outstanding teaching in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University.


Celeste served on the Midland College Foundation from 1993-2000. Her husband, for whom the Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center is named, was a charter member of the Midland College Foundation and served from 1974-1992. He also served on the Board of Trustees from 1969-1980 where he was President for one term.


Both Celeste and Murray were very generous to MC primarily in the area of construction, having given to the college for that purpose in 1974. Their donations continued with the Aaron Medical Sciences Building, the Advanced Technology Center, the Fox Science Building. Other gifts were directed toward the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund and Athletics.


Their family foundation, the Fasken Foundation, established the Fasken Top 5% Scholarship, the Fasken Endowment and also contributed to early campus construction in 1975. The Fasken Foundation also contributed to the Williams Regional Technical Training Center in Fort Stockton, the Advanced Technology Center, the Petroleum Professional Development Center, and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Center.


Flowers and art played an important role throughout Celeste's life. She enjoyed entertaining, bridge, tennis, and golf.


Murray Fasken, her parents, her brother, Frank Morrison and her long time companion and housekeeper, Minnie G. Wheeler preceded her in death.


She is survived by her husband, Gordon Marcum, three children and their spouses: Andrew Fasken of Paris, TX, Susan Fasken Hartin of Dallas, TX, and Steven Fasken of Santa Fe, NM. She is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and a nephew.


The family wishes to thank Norma Dixon, Barbara Smith, Diane Bailey, Saundra Baser, and the staff of Spring Lake Assisted Living for their loving care of Celeste.


If you wish to make an online gift in her memory, visit Give a Gift, or you may mail your donation to:


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