NORMAN — Memorial services for Marian Cody, 96, of Oklahoma City, will be 2 p.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery, 6001 NW Grand Blvd. in Oklahoma City, with the Rev. Canon Susan Joplin of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral officiating. Marian Cody passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Dr. C. Frederick and Jessie M. Gilson Coffman and her one true love, C. C. “Bill” Cody.
She was born Jan. 17, 1918, in Oklahoma City.
Marian began college at Oklahoma City University as an accomplished ballet dancer and an avid student of the arts, until one day a geology professor began her class with the poem “Each in His Own Tongue” by William Herbert Carruth, which instantly inspired her to change her focus and devote her studies to geology at the University of Oklahoma.
It was this change in course that led her to the love of her life, Bill Cody. She met Bill at OU. They were both enrolled in the geology department. Often admiring each other’s work and success in class, Marian became curious about the man who always made a perfect grade, and Bill wanted to meet the woman whose work was truly impeccable. Bill introduced himself to Marian and asked her to join him for a cup of coffee at the Town Tavern on Campus Corner. She agreed, and before they had finished their cup of coffee, Bill asked her to marry him and move to South America with him. Her response, “Well, sure!” They finished their coffee and walked next door to the local jewelry store and picked out a ring. Thus began their instant and timeless love story.
Marian graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in geology in the summer of 1940. Upon graduation, Marian moved to Tulsa, where she worked as a geologist for an oil company. It was during this time in Tulsa that she discovered her passion for flying. She earned her pilot’s license in 1941 and joined the Tulsa Civil Air Patrol. Her heart soared when she flew and every time she recalled her flights above the clouds.