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Anne Mitchell (Motley) Ryland

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Anne Mitchell (Motley) Ryland Obituary
Anne Mitchell Motley Ryland of "Farmington," King and Queen County, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018, after a brief illness. She was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1930, the daughter of John Somerville Motley and Mildred Davis Motley. She grew up on the riverbanks of the Rappahannock at her beloved family home, Woodbury, at Sharps, VA. Anne Mitchell graduated from Farnham High School as valedictorian just a year after her future husband and childhood sweetheart did the same. She went on to Longwood College, graduating with a degree in Mathematics in 1952. That year, she married Robert Temple Ryland, also from Sharps, Virginia, and they moved to Sharon, Pennsylvania. In 1954, they moved to the Naval Proving Ground, where together they raised five children. They moved to "Farmington," the Ryland family home, in King and Queen County, Virginia in 1977.
Mrs. Ryland was a devoted and loving family woman. She delighted in every aspect of her five children, centering their lives around faith, integrity, respect and humbleness. This love and affection extended to her children's five spouses, her fourteen grandchildren, their spouses, eight great-grandchildren, and the youth of the community. She offered true Southern hospitality to anyone who crossed her doorstep, especially reveling in the large family gatherings she hosted, which will be remembered fondly by each and every one who attended.
Mrs. Ryland took her role as a community servant seriously, committing herself fully to many diverse endeavors. She received numerous awards and commendations for her work, which included President of the King and Queen Historical Society, President of the Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula, President of the King and Queen Women's Club, and more. Her faith and Bruington Baptist Church were dearest to her heart. She was a devoted Christian steward, serving many roles at Bruington, including that of Deacon, many times over, Clerk of the Church for decades, and active participant in the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association. Mrs. Ryland was a founding member of the King and Queen Tavern Museum, serving on its Council since its inception. She served as editor for the King & Queen Historical Society Bulletin for over twenty five years, employing painstaking research to validate the detailed, historical content of each issue and assisting people across the country with their research.
Mrs. Ryland dedicated her life to church, family and community. She had a never-ending love for history, an ongoing desire to learn, a passion for gardening and flowers, a love of books and an inquisitive mind for all things in this world. Her great love of family was evident through a lifetime of leadership, caretaking, guidance, family historian, mentoring, sharing and support for both her immediate and extended families.
Mrs. Ryland was predeceased by her parents, as well as her husband of 57 years, Robert Temple Ryland, Jr., her sister, Frances Motley Spencer, and brother-in-law, John Newton Ryland, III. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Darlene Mclaughlin Ryland of Danville, VA, and Dorothy Ryland Claybrook (Lyn) of Gloucester, VA, as well as her brother-in-law, Robert McCray Spencer of Mechanicsville, VA. She is also survived by her five children and their spouses, Elizabeth Ryland Newton (Jeff) of Remington, VA, Robert Temple Ryland III (Cheryl) of Lenoir City, TN, Anne Ryland Glubiak (Peter) of Walkerton, VA, Catharine Peachey Wolford (Jerry) ofSupply, VA, and John Motley Ryland (Donna) of King George, VA; her grandchildren, Thomas Hurst Newton, Patricia Anne Newton, Robert Temple Ryland, IV (Kristen), Austin Brooks Ryland, Leonora Mitchell Ryland, Joshua Davis Glubiak (Meg), Zachary Ryland Glubiak (Allison), Somerville Gwathmey Glubiak, Joseph Edward Wolford (Katherine), Andrew Jackson Wolford (Jessie), Benjamin Ryland Wolford (Haley), Sarah Temple Ryland, Melanie Anne Ryland, and Samuel Motley Ryland; great-grandchildren, Eden Ryland, William Glubiak, Hadley Glubiak, Chance Wolford, Wyatt Wolford, Abigail Wolford, Garrett Wolford, and Ellie Wolford. In addition, Mrs. Ryland is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, who were very dear to her. The family would like to convey a special thank you to Phyllis Gault for her unwavering care and support of Mrs. Ryland in recent years.
A memorial service will be held at Bruington Baptist Church, King and Queen, VA, on Saturday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m., with a reception afterward for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bruington Baptist Church Building Fund, 4784 The Trail, Bruington, VA 23023 or The King and Queen Historical Society, Box 129, King and Queen Court House, Virginia 23085-0129.
Published in Northern Neck Group from Sept. 13 to Sept. 28, 2018
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