Marie Cooney is the mother of 6 children, 2 that she adopted when they were very young. She has 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. One of her grandchildren lives life with a disability which leads Marie to try to help others with disabilities. She worked in the aircraft industry for over 30 years and was a member of the Executive board on the Lockheed Martin Aero Club representing the International Association of Machinists for 14 years. She served both employees and the community during that time. She is currently a volunteer assistant of the Self-Determination Group which is under the umbrella of The Arc of DFW Area.