Marian Dunn Mustard Rohne, 80, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, died at home on July 2, 2020. The cause was lung cancer.
Marian was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 24, 1940, the daughter of the late, Estill Dunn “Pepper” Mustard and Mildred Trimmer Mustard.
Marian graduated from Lane High School and was a Fine Arts student at the College of William and Mary. With her former spouse, James Duncan Puller III, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended Georgia State College. After returning to Charlottesville, she worked as Science and Technology Department secretary at Piedmont Virginia Community College and made clothing for Mr. Hank’s Boutique.
In 1975 she wed James Albert Rohne and began a new phase of life as the wife of a Presbyterian minister. She was a talented seamstress and sewed many of the clothes for her family as well as creating prototypes for a friend who designed children’s clothing for McCall’s patterns. She made her own slipcovers, drapes, and upholstery to create beautiful and practical spaces at home.
In 1988, Marian and Jim moved from Charlottesville to Covington, Virginia where Jim became the pastor at First Presbyterian Church. They were very happy in that welcoming community and made many lifelong friends. For a time, Marian served as moderator of the Presbyterian women of the church. She continued to paint and draw and studied under Jeanie Shepherd at the Firehouse School of Art in Clifton Forge, Virginia. After they retired to Lexington, Virginia, Marian worked at the Visitor Center there and served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church. She continued to create art in different media and during that time had a solo show at the Rockbridge Regional Library.
In 2016 Jim and Marian moved to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg. There Marian found many wonderful friends, among them a group of like-minded artists. Marian brought her creativity and artistic skill to all aspects of her life. She maintained close friendships even from elementary school.
In addition to her parents, Marian was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Jim Rohne.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Jody Puller (Tom), Duncan Puller (Janet), and Beth Rohne (David); her five grandchildren, Samantha, Gabrielle, Isabelle, Chloe, and James; her two sisters, Joan Munger and husband Peter of Gainesville, Florida and Mildred Scholnick of San Pedro, California; and her uncle John Trimmer of Charlottesville.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, memorial services will not be held at this time.
Interment will be in the family plot at Graham cemetery in Orange, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Good Samaritan Fund at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22802 or to the charity of your choice.
The family wish to thank the staff at VMRC for thoughtfully providing a loving home environment, and the nurses and aides at First Choice Hospice for their exceptional kindness and care.
Condolences may be shared at kygers.com.