HENDERSONVILLE-Marian Francis Lance Strain passed away on June 5, 2014, in Hendersonville. She was born on January 3, 1928, to the late Willard P. and Kathleen Huntley Lance of Hendersonville.
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Marian graduated in 1945 from Hendersonville High School and in 1947 from King's Business College in Charlotte, N. C. She married David Leroy Strain, Jr., of Durham, N. C., on May 7, 1955. They retired to Hendersonville from Greenville, S.C., in 1993 to enjoy the rest of their 50 years together until his death in August 2005.
She is survived by her sister, Wilma Jeanette Lance Kubis, a great niece Jennifer Kochie of Oklahoma City, 2 daughters, Susan Marian Strain Brownlee of Columbia, S. C., Karen Jeanette Strain-Miller of Fayetteville, Ark., and a grandson, Matthew Ross Miller, 19, also of Fayetteville.
Marian lived an active and vibrant life. She played tennis competitively, learned to ski at the age of 50, and was always an avid gardener. She served as a volunteer for numerous organizations during her lifetime, including King's Daughters Children's Hospital and the League of Women Voters in Norfolk, Va., and in Hendersonville at Pardee Memorial Hospital and Blue Ridge Technical College as an ESL tutor. Marian was a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood and a founding organizer of the Drug Rehab Center in Greenville, S. C.
The family would like to thank the staff at Carillon Assisted Living and also Hendersonville residents Alma Imperatore, Beth Bak, and Shirley Porter for their loving care and support of Marian during the final years of her struggle with Parkinson's disease. They blessed her and her family with their faithfulness, compassion, and service.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, June 9, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church Chapel, Hendersonville. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, mail donations to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 S. Broad St., Clinton, S. C. 29325. Donations may also be made online athttps://www.thornwellhome.org; or make a donation to Four Seasons Hospice online at https://fourseasonscfl.thankyou4caring.org.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on June 8, 2014