Margaret Ann Rodland
Margaret Ann Rodland (née Noland) passed away on Sunday October 16th, 2022, at the age of 91, following a brief illness.
Margaret was born on May 1st, 1931 in Lenexa, Kansas, the only child of Charles Henry Noland and Sena Rebecca Noland (née Kastens), and was raised on a farm in Spring Hill, Kansas. After high school, she attended college and received her teaching degree and spent one year teaching elementary school before going to work in public service.
While she and her mother were working as civil servant secretaries at the local Naval Air Station, she would meet her future husband and forever sweetheart, Wayne A. Rodland. They married on July 1st, 1953 in Olathe, Kansas, and would go on to spend 69 adventurous years together.
Their first adventure would take them to Albuquerque, New Mexico when Wayne was reassigned to Kirtland Air Force Base. Their next adventure, starting a family, would begin while they were in New Mexico when they welcomed their only daughter, Janet, in June of 1954. Following Wayne’s tour with the Air Force, the family would return to Olathe, Kansas and their family would continue to grow when their oldest son, Harold, was born in July of 1958. In 1962, their sense of adventure would take them to Monroe, Washington, where they would make their permanent home, and they would complete their family with the arrival of their youngest son, Roy, in September 1963.
They began a new adventure in 1970, opening their family business, Rodland Auto Service, in Monroe. Knowing the business was taken care of by their sons, Margaret and Wayne prepared for retirement and embarked on more adventures. Margaret and Wayne loved boating in the San Juan Islands, and eventually became caretakers of Center Island, WA for four years until moving back to Monroe. Margaret loved traveling in their motorhome taking trips to Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Alaska, or flying their small plane to Ocean Shores, Friday Harbor, or Eastern Washington. Her love of researching and documenting family history would take her to the archives in Salt Lake City, Utah, to acquire records.
In addition to being a supportive wife and mother, Margaret also worked for Farmers Insurance in Monroe, Snohomish County Government in Everett, and the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Margaret was a skilled piano and organ player, was fluent in American Sign Language, enjoyed years of square dancing, and was very involved with the Monroe Community Senior Center in Monroe, where she spent time making friends and quilting. She won many awards over the years for various entries at the Evergreen State Fair and once showcased her farm skills by winning a hand milking award!
Margaret is survived by her husband, Wayne A. Rodland of Monroe, daughter Janet Akers and her husband, Curt, of Snohomish, son Harold and his wife, Donna, of Monroe and son Roy and his wife, Monica, of Monroe.
She was a beloved grandmother to seven grandchildren: Jaimie, Kyle, Korey, Shawn (Dena), Shellie (Jeremy), Tyler (Jessica), and Trevor (Nicol), nine great-grandchildren: Drew, Ryder, Kalyn, Addisyn, Ashton, Paige, Claudette, Genevieve, and Taylar, and one great-great grandchild, Xander.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 7th, 2023 from 1-4pm at the Monroe Community Senior Center at 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe, WA 98272. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Monroe Community Senior Center.
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