Some more about Daisy (Marguerite):
The daughter of successful Chicago businessman Levi Zeigler Leiter, Marguerite fell in love with an English officer, whom she met while visiting her sister in India. Henry Molyneux Paget Howard (1877-1917) later became 19th Earl of Suffolk and 12th Earl of Berkshire. They were married in Washington DC on Boxing Day (December 26th) of 1904. They had three children, Charles, Cecil and Greville. They traveled extensively particularly to India, and went on safaris in Africa. The tall, beautiful Countess was adventurous and loved fast cars and the newly invented airplane. The Earl was killed in action in Mesopotamia in World War I.
Marguerite’s father, Levi Zeigler Leiter, was a rich and vindictive man, who was angry that Daisy did not visit him often enough. Upon his death, he stipulated in his will that if she wanted her inheritance, which amounted to $48 million dollars, she would have to live 4 months of every year in the U.S.A.
Marguerite arrived in Tucson in the late 20's and spent the winters here. Why she chose Tucson is not known. She suffered from arthritis in her back later in her life, which could have been one of the reasons. She built a house in 1936. It was the first air-conditioned home in Tucson. She called it Forest Lodge. It is today the Immaculate Heart Convent and the land surrounding it is the Suffolk Hills Community. Later as the town grew northward, she sold the property and in 1957, purchased the land/property in Oracle where Biosphere II is now located. She built Casa del Oro, her private estate.
She still had her spirit of adventure and kept her airplane in her front yard and a Bentley in her garage. Stone, a former RAF pilot, was her pilot as well as her chauffeur. Together they flew from San Francisco to the Amazon. Marguerite died in 1969 aboard her airplane as Stone flew her to Los Angeles to visit one of her sons.
Daisy's son Charles, the 20th Earl
He, like his father, died in combat. He was killed in 1941. His son is the current Earl. The youngest brother, Greville, is still living.
Here's what wikipedia says about Charles:
"Charles Howard, Earl of Suffolk (1906-May 12, 1941) was an English bomb disposal expert.
As Liaison Officer for the British Department of Scientific and Industrial Research during World War II, the 20th Earl of Suffolk was charged with rescuing rare machine tools, $10 million worth of industrial diamonds, fifty French scientists and heavy water.The Earl, accompanied by his private confidential secretary, Eileen Beryl Marden, comprised a part of France's scientific elite as the Nazis advanced through the country. The Earl and Miss Marden were successful in their objective of ushering the the scientists out of France, as well as securing the industrial diamonds and heavy water. Howard's approach to his missions earned him the nickname "Mad Jack".
Following his return from France, the Earl worked for the Ministry of Supply as a Research Officer learning how to defuse bombs of new types. The Earl served as part of an unexploded bomb detachment in London during the Blitz. The detachment consisted of himself, Miss Marden, and his chauffeur, Fred Hards. They called themselves "the Holy Trinity" and they became famed for their prowess in detecting and successfully tackling thirty four unexploded bombs with "urbane and smiling efficiency." Miss Marden stood by his side taking notes, as the Earl worked at defusing the bombs. Sadly, the thirty-fifth claimed its forfeit when all were killed on Erith Marshes in Kent on May 12, 1941. He was awarded the George Cross.
In 1973, the BBC based a television drama series on the life of the Earl. Ronald Pickup played the leading role in The Dragon's Opponent.
BBC "The People's War: The Earl and the Secretary" "