Marianne Schroeder’s home at 870 County Road 5990 is the second of four to be featured during Epsilon Sigma Alpha’s Oct. 9 home tour. She noted, “Dad referred to this house as Rocky 4. My parents (Vernon and Dolores Peel) bought the house in 1979 after being expelled from Iran. Fortunately, they were able to save and send their Persian rug collection back to the states. These continue to be a vital component of the home.”

When Schroeder decided to renovate her late parent’s home, she enlisted help from Cathy Ross of Gray Dog Designs. “Cathy was my design consultant throughout the makeover process,” said Schroeder. “We enlarged the master suite and created a custom-designed closet. The open-living concept was created by removing a wall.”

Schroeder suggested visitors pay special attention to the beautiful art displayed throughout the home, most of which was inherited. Some of the furnishings have historical connections to Pawhuska. The French dining room furniture originally belonged to Gertrude Jackson and was handed down through family members.

The two front guest rooms are joined by a jack and jill bathroom. The antique walnut furniture in the first guest bedroom was bought from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hulse when she and Donnie were first married. The second guest room furniture came Schroeder’s great-grandfather, Vernon Whiting.

Other furniture pieces reflect her late parents’ extensive travel. These include a “fabulous” chest from Sindai, Japan. The walnut chest by the front door came from Wurzburg, Germany.

Sponsored by the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, proceeds from the home tour will be funneled back into the Pawhuska community. With over five decades of dedicated service, ESA members are one of Pawhuska’s strongest and most active philanthropic organizations.