Remembrances of Mom

May 9, 2007

My Mother Alice S Marriott I know it's Mother's Day this week, and I thought I'd share some remembrances of my mother who passed away just a few years ago at the age of 92. My mother was one of the founders of Marriott International. She and my dad opened a nine-stool root beer stand back in 1927 here in Washington, D.C.

When the weather got cold, people stopped drinking ice cold root beer, so they put on chili and tamales and hot dogs and hamburgers. But my mother cooked the chili and tamales in her apartment because there was no kitchen in the little root beer stand. So she was really the first chef.


She also kept the books. And you know, back then, root beer sold for a nickel a glass. So, the nickels that were used to buy the root beer got all sticky when they were passed on the counter because of the root beer syrup. So she'd put the sticky nickels in a brown bag, take them to the bank every night at one o'clock in the morning and close up the root beer stand.

We had two root beer stands. My father ran the one on 9th Street in Washington, and she ran the one on 14th Street and closed up every night. One night my dad went home, and there was no one there. He realized he'd left my mother standing on the corner of 14th Street and Park Road at one o'clock in the morning. He was too tired and forgot to pick her up.

But she was a great influence in my life and my brother's. She was a wonderful mother; she was active in the community and active in politics. She was the District of Columbia's Republican National Committeewoman for many years, and she was the treasurer of two Republican conventions.

She did a great job raising a family, and she was a wonderful mother. She was very smart; graduated from the University of Utah when she was 19 years old, Phi Beta Kappa. She was a great role model for women around the world and a great role model for me, my brother and our family. We loved her very much, and we miss her a lot.

Remembrances of Mom


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Great Tribute to your Mom. Your family are Mormons, aren't they? Regards, Maureen

Hello, Your site is great. Regards, Valintino Guxxi

I appreciated your Mother's Day greetings as they were warm with emotion and got me thinking about home and family back in Washington DC. My immediate family is with me as I serve our government in Ankara, Turkey. We are looking forward to spending an upcoming weekend at a Marriott property in Antalya, Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea. It will be a beautiful get-away but I wish it had the root beer & tamales your mom used to make. Best wishes.

Mr. Marriott, thank you for sharing your touching remembrances of your mother. This is the first Mother's Day without my mother as she passed away last month. We are both fortunate to have had such inspirational mothers and our memories will be with us forever.

Dear Mr. Marriott:
It is a delight and I sometimes smile when my daughter, Terica describes me, so I appreciate your sharing. It is awesome to listen to a child's description of a parent as a solver of all problems; however the security of that trust cannot be overestimated. Thanks. As a mother myself, let me share one of my many perspectives of motherhood: Motherhood is one of the most silent and potent emotions within a human. It encompasses birth, nurturing, direction, spirituality and the evolving of the entire universe. That is one of the reasons I am convinced within all arena of success, the motherhood phenomena must be present. To put it simply, somewhere, somewhere, there is the toil of a woman. Even though you speak more of your father, your mother's contribution is ever present in your unspoken words. It is a pity no one has to date created a viable blueprint for humanity to harness the respect and energies of motherhood.

Those Moms of that generation, they just don't make them like that anymore. Well they make some good ones still but....

Mr. Marriot,
Thanks for sharing about you mom and history with us. It's true sometime we forget that money isn't all, a good family base is surely the begin. My family is poor, but you and I share some thing in common: I have a great mother, too. We got a great strength and values from her. Having that, find our way to suceed. From, now on, I will call you. "Bill", since I met your good heart thru this blog.
Cheers,
Marcia

You mother was beautiful! And I am sure she was a great woman.

Mr. Marriott, I love your article about your Mother. My Mother moved on to Heaven a month short of her 89th birthday. She also worked with my Father when they were young, but then she had eight daughters. We all miss her so much.

What a sweet and inspirational message! It's so wonderful to see mothers being remembered the way you remember yours. What a special lady she was!
I used to eat at the Hot Shoppes whenever I went to Wheaton Plaza, Maryland. They had the best roast beef around here. I miss it. The warm bread was yummy! The Hot Shoppes and Bob's Big Boy were an institution forever missed.

Hmmm... Chilli...

Bill,
As you know I knew both the Chairman and Alley very well. And you are absolutely correct. What a lady she was. I think of her often and miss her very much also.
Jeff

I began and erased variations of comments but they all seemed inadequate or insincere. So, I'll just say that I appreciated this post. Mother's Day is a great holiday.

Thank you for sharing the story of your Mom with us. My Mom passed away three years ago at the age of 97.
It is remarkable how much she looked like Alice. While I know she lived a long and wonderful life I do think of her often and your note today was quite timely. You see my Mom and Dad ate at Hot Shoppes quite regularly and Mom told me of a time they were at the Stand on 14th Street and hearing this today reminded me of this.
Thank you.
GREGG GREGORY
PS -- I have been an MR member since 1983