Marlene Galan Woods is best known for being the wife of Grant Woods, an American attorney and politician who served as Attorney General of Arizona from 1991 until 1999. He previously served as the late Senator John McCain’s Chief of Staff. Woods delivered a moving speech at Sen. McCain’s funeral services.
Woods died on October 23, 2021, from a heart attack.
Marlene who studied at Florida State University is a former broadcast journalist turned actress with a 20-year career working for KPNX-TV, KCBS-TV, and FOX 10 Phoenix as per her Facebook. According to her biography, she described how delighted she was to be working again with the artists at iTheatre Collaborative.
She played the role of Sarah Whitmore in Church And State staged by iTheatre and it was one of the most important roles Marlene’s had the privilege of tackling. She described how grateful she was to work on stage in Phoenix and in Los Angeles.
Marlene went on to thank her coach in Phoenix Brandy Hotchner for giving her the courage “not to act”. And immense gratitude goes to her Los Angeles coach Larry Moss who made her realize that art is not only a worthy pursuit but a responsibility to humanity.
She also thanked her family especially her daughter Ava who let her be absent every now and then when she was doing her “acting thing” and also to the love of her life, her best friend, her husband, Grant Woods who supports her every endeavor.
What has Marlene Galan Woods said on her Husband’s Death?
Marlene Galan Woods confirmed that Woods died unexpectedly on Saturday, October 23 at the age of 67. Woods was taken to the hospital Friday night after suffering a heart attack. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced
“Grant was the love of my life. My best friend. My heart is broken. I just cannot believe he is gone,” Marlene said, in a statement. “I can’t believe our time together is over. He was the best husband, the best father anyone could have wished for.”
“I am so proud of the man he was, public servant, advocate for the everyday person, lover of music and stories and sports. He made me a better person. I can’t even fathom our lives without him. But we are strong, and a close family and we will work hard to honor his life,” Marlene said.
Steven Clawson wrote in a tribute,
“I’m heartbroken to learn of the passing of my friend Grant Woods. There was no one quite like him. He was an outstanding lawyer, political leader, talk show host, and one of the greatest people I’ve ever had a chance to know. I was fortunate to have worked with him as his radio producer, on some public relations projects with his law firm, and on a few special events.
The time I spent as his radio talk show producer is something I’ll always treasure. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had in broadcasting. This photo is from the night The Grant Woods Show won the AP award for Best Talk Show. His wit and sense of humor always had me laughing.
Grant was a kind, caring, generous man who will be missed. He accomplished many great things in his life which included arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court.
His finest moment occurred when he delivered the eulogy for his long-time friend and confident Senator John McCain. If you’ve never seen it, take a few minutes to watch it: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4774843/grant-woods-eulogizes-senator-john-mccain
To Marlene Galan and the rest of the Woods family, I offer my heartfelt condolences on your loss. To my friend Grant, as you said to John McCain at the end of your eulogy to him “Sleep in heavenly peace.”