Marsha L. Cordova  

Oct. 2, 1936 — March 1, 2024 

Marsha and John Cordova

Marsha L. Cordova  was born in Wise County, Va., in the city of Dante. She attended Burkeville High School, where she was a cheerleader and played on the high school basketball team.  

She modeled professionally, sang on the local radio station and went to work for the federal government at age 17. She met her husband, John Cordova Jr., in an elevator in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s.  

Marsha was a devout Christian, who loved the Lord. Her passions in life included holding tea parties with friends and family, and attending church and Bible studies. She was an avid gardener and painter. 

She enjoyed making home-cooked meals and baking. Her specialty was her famous lemon meringue pie. After more than 55 years with her husband, John, she was still madly in love with him at the time of her passing. A true love story.  

Marsha is survived by her siblings, Mary Queta Smithson, Gail Marney, Guy Kenneth Sutherland, Aubrey Redford Jr. and Julia Garret. She also leaves behind three children, Karen L. Puddy, Janette L. Hatcher and John D. Cordova III, as well as seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  

A memorial service/celebration was held Wednesday, April 10, at Grace Bible Church in Sun City, Ariz.   

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