Marian  Haley
Marian Haley
Memorial services for long-time teacher Marian Haley will be held Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at Agua Fria High School in Avondale. Marian taught school for a total of 38 years, including 17 years as a history, law and public safety teacher at Agua Fria.
Marian was born Dec. 29, 1948 in Neillsville, Wis., and grew up on a dairy farm in near-by Greenwood, Wis., where she was educated at St. Mary's Catholic Church and Greenwood High School. Throughout her childhood, she was active in 4-H and particularly excelled in girls' softball, showing Holstein dairy cattle and public speaking.
In 1971, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a bachelor's degree in education. Following college graduation, she taught high school history for six years at Boscobel High School in Boscobel, Wis. Soon after, she married Tom Haley, then gave birth to her son Sean in 1979 and daughter Mara in 1981, raising her family in various cities across Wisconsin, Missouri and Arizona. Her marriage to Tom Haley ended in divorce.
In 1996, Marian accepted a teaching position at Agua Fria High School where she taught history, law and public safety until 2013. She is remembered fondly by dozens of her students at Agua Fria, with whom she emphasized the school's motto, "Honor First, Win or Lose."
She received national recognition for her work in civics education for which she was one of a dozen teachers honored and invited to participate in a week-long education seminar taught by U.S. Supreme Court justices in Washington, DC.
Marian was a long-time volunteer with the Avondale Police Department. Her cancer diagnosis in 2017 forced her to cut short her goal of obtaining a law degree of which she had completed more than two-thirds of credits required. She also earned an associate degree in justice from Estrella Mountain Community College and certificates in forensic investigation and victimology from Mesa Community College.
Marian also was a strong supporter of the military and provided dozens of holiday packages and donations each year to troops overseas-all on a teacher's salary.
She died April 14 from complications relating to her two-year battle against ovarian cancer.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and John D. Speich, Greenwood, Wis., and her brother Tom Speich, Vacaville, Calif. Marian is survived by her son, Sean and his wife, Lauren, and their son, Carter, of Tempe, Ariz; daughter Mara Seigel and her husband, Justin and their daughter, Sutton, Surprise, Ariz: and brothers Bill Speich, Greenwood, Wis., Mike Speich, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis; and sisters Margaret Speich, Bethesda, Md., and Diane Martin, Orangevale, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to Agua Fria High, Avondale, Ariz. and Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.
Published on April 15, 2019
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