After graduating on December 17, 1943, from basic training, Marion reported to Lemoore Army Air Base in California. She was only one of two WASPs sent there for BT-15 engineering/test flying. On a routine flight from Lemoore to Fresno in a BT-13, she crashed.
Marian was born and raised in Aberdeen, Idaho. She learned to fly while attending Eastern Washingtion State College. She had two older and two younger brothers.