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Mary Ann Skidmore Douglass Bolian

Mary Ann (Skidmore) Douglass Bolian, 85, of Parkersburg wenthome to be with her Heavenly Father on Sept. 27, 2008.

She was born in Parkersburg, W.V. on Jan. 8, 1923, the ninth of14 children born to the late George and Bessie GillespieSkidmore.

She was a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a memberof the Excelsior Sunday School Class and Miriam Fountain Circle atEmmanuel. Mary enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted For VolunteerEmergency Services) in 1943 and was stationed at the U.S. NavalHospital at Treasure Island, Calif., after training. She was apharmacist mate first class when she was discharged from the WAVES.After the war, she attended Ohio State University for one yearbefore marrying Paul C. Douglass in 1947. They were married fornearly 41 years before his death. Mary retired in 1982 after manyyears from the Bureau of Public Debt. Mary married Sam Bolian onSept. 17, 1994.

Mary is survived by her husband: Sam Bolian, of Parkersburgformerly of Lincoln County, Miss.; daughter, Paula (Bob) Hamm, ofMassillion, Ohio; granddaughter, Gretchen Douglass, of WestHollywood, Calif.; grandson, Benjamin (Ashley) Hamm, of Mt. Olive,Ala.; brother, John (Billie) Skidmore, of El Paso, Texas;sister-in-law, Roberta Skidmore; brother-in-law, Morris (Buck)Muntz; stepson, Joe (Brenda) Bolian; stepgranddaughters, KristenBolian (Amanda Hudnall) and Jennifer Bolian; many nieces andnephews and her beloved dog companions, Cindy and Vicky.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul C.Douglass; five brothers, Paul Skidmore, Aaron Skidmore, DavidSkidmore, George Skidmore and Herbert Harlan Skidmore; sevensisters, Mildred Haines, LuLu Reynolds, Isa Smith, Grace Hedrick,Ruby Richards, Betty Dawson and Bonnie Muntz.

Mary was a loving and compassionate woman and especially enjoyedbeing Gretchen and Ben’s grandmother. She will be greatly missed byall who knew and loved her.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church withDr. William Thomas and the Rev. David Carpenter officiating. Burialwill follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cairo, W.V. Visitation isWednesday from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. at Leavitt FuneralHome, Parkersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Baptist ChurchMemorial Fund, 1710 23rd Street, Parkersburg, W.V. 26101. Onlinecondolences may be sent to the family atwww.leavittfuneralhome.com.