ADA — Longtime Ada resident Anita Floyd-Marshall, the first woman to serve on the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, died following a brief battle with leukemia.

She grew up in Arkansas and moved to Ada with her husband Paul Floyd in 1950.

A memorial service begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Ada First Presbyterian Church.

Floyd-Marshall earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in education from East Central University at Ada. She taught English and journalism at Pasadena High School.

At Ada, she served as an elder during a 50-year membership at First Presbyterian Church. She also was involved with Ada Rotary Club, Camp Fire Girls, League of Women Voters, Fortnightly Study Club, PTA and several other organizations.

Floyd-Marshall was a member of the “Ninety-Nines,” an international organization of female pilots.

In 1999, she became publisher of the family-owned DeQueen (Arkansas) Bee and Daily Citizen.

Survivors include three daughters.

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