Marsha Thetford-McCubbin passed away in her home on January 9, 2010. Born August 12, 1955 in Houston, Texas, she was the daughter of Robert and Carolyn Walker. She grew up in Oklahoma City and was graduated from John Marshall High School in 1972. She attended the University of Oklahoma, the University of Arkansas, and was graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1978 with a major in mass communications and a minor in public relations. During her college years, she worked as a feature writer at the Daily Oklahoman.After graduation, she worked in public relations for First National Bank of Oklahoma City. She later worked as public relations director for Larry Smith Advertising and as Oklahoma City editor/writer for Oklahoma Home and Garden Magazine. Most recently, Marsha worked for Prevent Blindness Oklahoma in public relations and fundraising. Marsha was an energetic and committed volunteer throughout her life. She served on the Nichols Hills Planning Commission for seven years and was a member of the Nichols Hills Park Committee, where she worked to maintain one of the 39 beautiful parks throughout Nichols Hills. She also co-chaired and organized the return of the Nichols Hills Garden Tour after many years' absence. As a past patron of Ballet Oklahoma, she co-chaired the first Nutcracker "Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party." Marsha was an active volunteer and substitute teacher at Casady School and a longtime Sunday school teacher and volunteer for vacation bible school. She also served on the Altar Guild at All Souls' Episcopal Church. Marsha loved cooking--especially for her family, and as a gesture of affection for friends and always for those in need. She further expressed her culinary talent by developing two companies, "Just Girls" and "High Heels 101" to reinforce the value of cooking skills and proper etiquette for young ladies. She opened her home and kitchen for the Oklahoma County Medical Society Alliance Annual Kitchen Tour. In recognition of her accomplishments in this area, she was honored as a recipient of the Oklahoma Hospitality "Ladies in the News" award. Marsha had an irrepressible enthusiasm for life and a dazzling smile. She was a devoted Francophile, loving all things French, which was reflected in her charming home and sense of style. She was the epitome of chic and grace and always strove for perfection. She loved to travel and accompany her husband on business trips to Europe and across the United States. One of her favorite summers was spent with her daughters and husband in France. She adored her children and considered being their mother her greatest accomplishment. She truly loved her friends, her home and church. Her garden and hearth were dear to her heart, and she spent many happy hours decorating, planting, entertaining and giving back to God's world all the joys she treasured.She is survived by her beloved husband, David McCubbin; son, Shad Michael Thetford of Oklahoma City; daughters: Kimberly Ann Thetford of Dallas, Texas; and Claire Elizabeth Thetford of Oklahoma City; her stepdaughters: Elizabeth Ashley McCubbin of Washington, D.C.; and Madeline Stirling McCubbin of Oklahoma City; and her sister, Lisa Lea, and mother, Carolyn Walker of Carmel, California.A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 12th, at 4:00 pm at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Nichols Hills, OK 73116. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that contributions be sent in her name to All Souls' Episcopal Church.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 11, 2010