Marian Elsie Williams was born July 20, 1914, to Frank Charles (FC) and Lena Christina Paton Williams in Milford. She and her mom both graduated from Milford High School 25 years apart; Marian in 1931. With a two-year teaching certificate, Marian taught fifth grade for three years in Arnolds Park before marrying Milford's new doctor, John James "JJ" Buchanan Oct. 3, 1936. She was active in church work, many clubs and organizations, and assisted with school activities. In the 1960s-80s, she was an ISU housemother, Residence Director at Buchanan Hall, taught piano, and enjoyed cultural activities offered on campus.
Most summers through 2004, and in 2008, Marian lived in her West Lake Okoboji cottage. In 1987, Doc and Marian remarried in Ames, Thanksgiving weekend.
Doc died June 28, 1988.
Marian is survived by her sisters, Ava Hedrick Bowman (93), Betty Hedrick (91); three children: Kay A Buchanan-Eckman (Verne) in Milford and Brandon, S.D., John J Buchanan and Jeannine E Lish (Alan) near Arlington, Wash.; five grandchildren: Sherri Shima DeNoble (Jerry) in Spirit Lake, Ia., Bobbi Shima Kostinec (Rob) in Rochester, Minn., Christopher Lish in Olema, Calif., Erich Lish (Kellie) in Arlington, Wash., and Gregory Lish in Issaquah, Wash.; seven great-grandchildren: Barry and Lizzy DeNoble, Brooke, Luke and Jake Kostinec, and Jonah and Grace Lish; and two step-grand-children: Steve Eckman in Fayetteville, N.C. and Allison E. Hiebert in Vancouver, Wash.
For 21 years, Marian led an active life in Washington, participatin in classes and activities at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, singing with the "Stilly Singers," attending concerts, school and church functions.
Marian delighted in spending time with her family, seeing them develop their individual talents, interests in music, art, sports, scouts, academics and helping others.
A Celebration of her Life was held Jan. 24, 2010, in her Arlington United Church. A second one will be in Milford at the Union Memorial Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to her church, Senior Center, or charity of choice.