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Maryanne Wade RolandMARION, Va.: MARYANNE WADE ROLAND, age 86, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband H. Glenn Roland, Sr.; her father, Richard T. Wade; her mother and step-father, Alma and Charles Smith of Covington, Va. Maryanne is survived by her son, Howard Glenn Roland, Jr. of Marion, Va.; her daughter Carolyn Bolton and husband, Greg of Vienna, WVa. In addition she is survived by four grandchildren, Adam Roland and wife, Megan of Roanoke, Va., Andrew Roland of Marion, Va., and John and MaryCatherine Bolton of Vienna, WVa. Her first love was music and she attended Westminister Choir College in Princeton, NJ. In her early 20’s she was a mezzo-soprano for a popular ladies ensemble, The Merry Larks. They performed at various venues, including The Greenbrier, The Homestead, and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. They were also featured on a local weekly radio show in Covington, Va. She was proud to have been the gift shop buyer and manager for Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion for over 30 years. She was a dedicated member of First United Methodist Church for nearly 60 years and sang in the Chancel Choir for over 50 years. She also enjoyed the company of her monthly bridge club and had been in the same club for nearly 50 years. Maryanne was a wonderful homemaker, a devoted mother, and loved more than anything spending time with her family. She was equally happy whether at her home, on a lake or traveling anywhere near the ocean. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Monday, December 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion, Va. with Reverend David Woody officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel, Marion, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church Street, Marion Va. 24354. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Roland Family.
My sweet Varolyn: I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. You know I have always loved your mom from the time we were little to me being her neighbor and singing in the choir with her. I have very fond memories I will hold onto forever. My prayers and love are with you. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. Love Teri
Teri Snider Dec 6 2015 12:00 AM
Howard and Carolyn, Your mom was a very classy lady and I have always admired her. Please know how sad I am to hear the news of her death but am confident that she is no longer in pain and is singing more beautifully now than she ever did here on Earth. Joey Hall
Joey Hall Dec 6 2015 12:00 AM
Howard and Carolyn so sorry to hear of your mother's passing although I knew she was having a hard time. I have so many fond memories of her from her beautiful voice singing at church, and her degree of tolerance with a bunch of teenage boys that was remarkable. Rarely does God give us a true example of an Angel on earth, but she clearly was
David Vicars Dec 6 2015 12:00 AM
Howard, and family, I learned this morning of the passing of your mother. Our sincere condolences and prayers in these difficult days. Jim Sturgill KA8AZK
James Sturgill Dec 5 2015 12:00 AM
Maryanne was a beloved member of our extended family that will be greatly missed. We are comforted knowing that she is in a better place and are grateful for all the years that she enriched our lives. Maryanne we love you. Our thoughts and prayers are with Howard and Carolyn and their families.
Donnie Roland Dec 4 2015 12:00 AM
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