MARY ANN ROLAND
MARY ANN ROLAND IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY ANN ROLAND, age 88, who loved our Lord and Savior, and who gently passed away at Nathan Adelson's In-Patient facility on March 9, 2021. Born to parents, Harold and Marie, she was the youngest of six children. The family moved to live with grandparents after the passing of her mother when Mary Ann was three. She is survived by her brother, John (Clarice) Nelson and her sister, Jeanne (Bill) Eakin. She was preceded in death by siblings, Ida Lee, Bill, and Nancy. In early adulthood, Mary Ann married Roger Smyers (deceased) and became the world's best mother to Carl (who died in infancy), James, Terry and Kathie. In 1978, Mary Ann and Robert Roland were happily married until his death in 1988. She remained a widow thereafter. At age 70, Mary Ann retired from the Hacienda Casino in Boulder City (formerly the Gold Strike) and moved to Pahrump into a cottage built just for her; funded by her son and built by her son-in-law with a little help from family and friends. She lived there happily for the next 18 years. Mary Ann did volunteer work for as long as she was able, including clerical assistance at the local fire department and for the Oasis Outreach & Worship Center, Mary Ann helped with the food bank and was the Sunshine Ministry. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, lunches out, Scrabble, dominoes and crossword puzzles. Love was Mary Ann's Superpower. She loved her family. She loved her friends. She loved her church family at Oasis Outreach. She was adopted by many because she loved so well. She is survived by three children; by a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law, four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews; all who loved her dearly. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Nathan Adelson's In-Patient ward, for their exceptional care in her final days.

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Published by Pahrump Valley Times on Mar. 31, 2021.
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Aunt Mary Ann was my father, Bill's, youngest sister. Though I didn't know her since we lived across country, I was able to reconnect with her on a trip to Las Vegas in the 90's. I recognized her instantly as a Nelson! We never saw each other again, but kept in touch - a connection I will always cherish!!
Kim Woo
April 9, 2021
My Aunt Mary Ann was a special lady. She and her sister, Jeanne Eakin (my mom) enjoyed a close relationship throughout their lives. While physical distance kept them from visiting much in person, they cultivated the phone conversation, and nurtured their love and friendship. I only got to know my aunt well in the last five years or so, but I really appreciated her kindness, humor, and generosity of spirit. What a fine lady! We’re going to miss her a lot! My cousins and their families are in my hearts and prayers— I know Aunt Mary Ann cherished you deeply!! Mark Eakin
Mark Eakin
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March 31, 2021