Marian Ruth Davies
June 25, 1927-Dec. 1, 2012
Palo Alto/Los Altos, California
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Marian died Dec. 1, 2012, from complications after a fall. She was 85.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Richard, and her children, John Davies of Seattle and Ruth Davies Sulser of St. Louis.
Marian was born in the Himalayan mountains of what is now Pakistan, where her parents were missionaries. Because of this, Marian always felt like a citizen of the world, and has been interested in other people and other cultures. She was a graduate of Wooster College, 1948, and obtained her Master's in Latin American Studies at Tulane University.
She taught Spanish at Wooster and at Stanford University, where she got her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature with a dissertation on Cervantes. She lived most of her adult life in Palo Alto, where she was active in Covenant Presbyterian Church, United Presbyterian Women (a past president of the Presbyterian Association of San Jose) and Church Women United. She also worked with the Girl Scouts of America, ESL support for wives of foreign students, the Food Bank, PTA, and the Environmental Volunteers.
Marian was loved by all who knew her and will be missed.