Marianne Howell

Obituary of Marianne Bryson Howell


Marianne Martin Howell, 70, of Lynchburg, VA, died on September 8, 2021 at Pearls of Life Memory Care Facility.  She was born on August 21, 1951 in Norfolk, VA.  Her parents, John Wade and Lillian Bryson Martin, who predeceased her, moved to Lynchburg when she was four, and she spent most of the rest of her life here. 

She graduated from E. C. Glass High School in 1969, and attended Central Virginia Community College. She was a member of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church. 

Marianne is survived by her husband of thirty-six years, Gordon P. “Geep” Howell, Jr., her two sons, John William Viar (Crystal) and Thaddeus Daniel “Ted” Viar (Robin) as well as her grandchildren, Reid, Katy, Caden and Flynn Viar.  Her sister, Elizabeth D. Martin and nephew, Graham Wade Martin also survive her, along with her three cousins, Cathy Stone, Ellen Pittman and Lisa Allen. She loved her two birds, Cleo the African Grey Parrot and Cuddles the Umbrella Cockatoo, who also survive her. 

Marianne had a varied career, working for Crestar Bank, now Truist, in various capacities, and then moving to Taylor Brothers as credit manager.  She left that job to care for her mother, until Lillian’s death, when she retired to her home.  She volunteered often at her church.  She lived out her final days at Pearls of Life, as she was diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease early this year.   

Her family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Pearls of Life for their caring and friendly assistance to Marianne while she was a resident. 

Marianne’s wish was to be cremated.  An inurnment service will be held at Spring Hill Cemetery’s columbarium on Saturday, September 18th at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Marvin Suitt officiating.  Due to the recent surge in Covid infections, all in attendance are asked to wear masks.   The family will host a reception and time of fellowship at Charley's on Graves Mill Road immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity in her memory, or the Alzheimer's Association ( 

Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory, Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences, please go to


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Graveside Memorial Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Spring Hill Cemetery
Fort Ave
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
434 846-0801
At the Columbarium
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