Marian Cannon Cox


Former Malibu resident Marian Cannon Cox died from a stroke on Dec. 25 in Sacramento. She was 87.

Cox was born June 3, 1918 in Kansas City, Mo. She spent her youth in several cities and graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. on a full scholarship. Cox majored in business administration and was the only female in the graduating class to receive a degree in that subject.

She married Duncan W. Cox on Oct. 26, 1940 in Kansas City. The couple lived in Pacific Palisades from 1947 to 1973, at Malibu’s Point Dume Club from 1973 to 2002 and later in Sacramento. They were married for 65 years, until Duncan Cox’s death last year.

Marian Cox opened the Pacific Palisades Branch of the Security First National Bank in 1948 and later worked for Scudder & Forde and ended her working life with the Pepperdine University Personnel Department. Cox was president of the Soroptimist Club and was active in the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority alumnae group, the Westsiders, the Point Dume Club Residents Association and the Malibu Seniors.

Cox donated her body for studies in medicine at UC Davis to provide medical researchers with tools that help them investigate new surgical and medical procedures. After the body has been studied, her remains will be cremated and the ashes will be scattered at sea off the coast of San Francisco.

Cox is survived by her son, Craig, and his wife, Carol; her daughter, Cathee, and her husband, Dennis Folk and her grandchildren, CJ, Devin, Jennifer and Tyler.