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Obituaries » Mary Frances Varnau

Mary Frances Dowell Varnau, 92, of Sumerduck, passed away on June 11, 2020.

She was born January 6, 1928, in Richmond. She grew up and lived much of her life in Northern Virginia, marrying and raising three children, before moving to Fauquier County in 1981.

Mary worked at The Sumerduck Trading Company for many years until she retired in her late 1970s, but she didn’t slow down, sewing, driving her friends around, organizing and playing senior bingo, helping out at her church and taking road trips. She was an active member of Morrisville United Methodist Church and the Sumerduck Ruritan Club. 

She is survived by her son, Donald Lee Varnau of Lawrence, Kansas; her daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Bill Rohwer of Sumerduck; her grandsons, Christopher Varnau, Brandon Rohwer and Jacen Rohwer, and her great-grandsons, Christopher, Taylor and Waylon Varnau. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Clyde Varnau, and her son, Robert Wayne Varnau. 

A family graveside service will be held at a later date. 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Morrisville United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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