Marian Elizabeth Doane
November 24, 1928 - September 2, 2021
Doane, Marian Elizabeth (Edwards), 92, passed away peacefully at Lakeside, Willow Valley Communities, on September 2, 2021, following a 10-year struggle with progressive dementia. She was born in Kansas City, MO, on November 24, 1928, the second of three children born to the late Ned Shoop and Alice Wolfe Edwards. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, John W. Doane and her sister, Alice C. Hinkamp. Her brother, Ned W. (Barbara) Edwards, of Beulah, MI, survives, as do her 4 children: Jennifer (Andrew) Cross, Elizabeth (Dick) Richard, Jonathan (Anne Stewart), Christopher (Rebecca Heck); 6 grandchildren: Stephanie (Dale) Barnhart, Michael (Christin Harper) Greenawalt, Nathan, David (Jennifer Stewart), Elizabeth, and Rebecca Doane; 4 great-grandchildren: Chase Barnhart, Brooke and Drew Greenawalt, and Violet Marian Doane; and dozens of beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Throughout her life, Marian was a "people person." She highly valued personal relationships. As one who conversed with people with ease, she welcomed them into her life and home, and cultivated friendships which she faithfully maintained throughout her life, as her health circumstances allowed. From an early age, Marian learned the importance of family and "roots," as aunts, uncles, and cousins were included at Sunday dinners and holiday celebrations. Her summers were spent on Crystal Lake, Beulah, MI, at "Pinecrest" (55 acres of wooded bluff and beach property purchased by her grandfather and his brother in 1903), where her life was further enriched by the presence of extended family and friends.
Following John's retirement from active ministry in 1994. the couple continued to reside in Lancaster, spending summers at their Crystal Lake, MI cottage, "Hilltop," before moving to Lakes, at Willow Valley Communities in 2005. During their time in Michigan, Marian and John were founding members of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI, where they were active in church life. In Lancaster, Marian continued to enjoy research and writing for her "Art Class," reading and writing poetry, attending cultural events, social occasions with old and new friends, including their "tennis group," and travel. However, she got the most pleasure from the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, giving each of them opportunities for individual attention.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Marian's life will take place at 11:00 AM on October 23, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602. A combined celebration of Marian and John's lives is being planned in Beulah, MI during the summer 2022. For the safety of attendees, the family asks all guests to follow and respect COVID protocols.
In leu of flowers, family requests memorial gifts be directed to:
Granddaughter Elizabeth Doane's participation (to honor Marian) in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 2, 2021 in Atlanta, GA https://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=14405&pg=personal&px=19583019
First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA fpclancasterpa.org
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah, MI benziestandrews.com
Crystal Lake & Watershed Association, Beulah, MI crystallakewatershed.org
Published by Benzie County Record Patriot on Sep. 13, 2021.