She married Woods when she was 16 years old. She was a lifelong supporter of her husband's work, usually seen at his side during public appearances as well as movement meetings.
She cared for her husband when his health declined until his death on November 7, 2008 even though she was also ill herself. She died while receiving care at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and is buried with her husband at Elmwood Cemetery.
- Gray, Jeremy (June 16, 2009) "Marian Ann Dowdell Woods, widow of the Rev. Abraham Woods Jr., has died." Birmingham News
- "Marian Ann Woods" obituary (June 19, 2009) Birmingham News