Sunday, February 5, 2006
Marian Whaley 'Sis' Langford

Marian Whaley Sis Langford, 97, a Washington resident from 1945 to 1965 who was a member of the Washington Home Rule Committee
and the Middle East Institute policy and research organization, died Jan. 7 at a nursing home in Friday Harbor, Wash. She had Alzheimer's
The daughter of an Army doctor, Mrs. Langford was born at Fort Sam Houston,  Tex., and raised around the United States. She was a
graduate of  
Western  High School (now the Duke Ellington School of the Arts) in Washington and a 1929 English graduate of Vassar
Early in her career, she did secretarial work for the U.S. Embassy in Panama and the Spellman Fund in New York.
She studied Spanish in college but also became fluent in French and belonged to a French-American club in Washington.
After she was widowed, she moved to California in 1965 and received elementary and secondary teaching credentials from the University of
California at Berkeley. In California, she taught Spanish, French and world history in grade schools and adult-education classes.
At 71, she received a master's degree with honors in French literature from the University of Montana.
She moved to Washington state about four years ago.
Her husband, Malcolm S. Mac Langford, whom she married in 1935, died in 1962.
Survivors include three sons, Mac Langford Jr. and Lane Langford, both of Lopez Island, Wash., and Steve Langford of Oro Valley, Ariz.; a
sister; and four grandchildren.