A native of DeKalb County, Marian attended a one-room school and later graduated from Sycamore High School in 1936. She earned a degree in education from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1940, and two master’s degrees from Northwestern University, one in education in 1948 and the other in speech therapy in 1950. Marian taught for 41 years in Arlington Heights District 25, retiring in 1981. She began as a 6th grade teacher and then taught math to junior high students. Marian spent the last 30 years of her career in speech therapy, focusing on elementary and junior high students.