By 1960, aged 26, Marina was a teacher at Sedgehill Comprehensive in London – one of the first Comprehensives in the country. Three years later she moved to Derbyshire, becoming Head of Religious Education at Spondon Park Grammar School. It was here in Derbyshire that she met Eddie, then the minister at Ilkeston Methodist Chapel. Her car had a flat tyre and she went into the church office to call for roadside assistance. Much to her delight, the Minister had a collection of books she could borrow. Much to his delight, he would need to meet the pretty woman again to get his books back!