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Marilyn Elaine Single, 55, La Plata
Marilyn Elaine “Mari” Single, 55, of La Plata died Nov. 20, 2012, at home.
Born April 15, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of James Richard Shanks and Marilyn Jean Steel Shanks.
She grew up in Winchester, Ind., and graduated from Winchester Community High School. She obtained a bachelor’s of art in music performance from the University of Illinois and master’s in music theory from Duquesne University. She was married in 1985 to Andrew Michael Single and loved her job as an instrumental music teacher. After teaching band and strings in Prince George’s County, she pioneered a widely respected strings program at the elementary level in Charles County.
She enjoyed playing the flute and listening to music, traveling, doing anything outdoors, swimming, hiking, ice skating and spending time with family.
She is survived by her daughters Rachel Ann, Elizabeth Joan and Tabitha Renee; sister, Belinda Hull; brothers, John Shanks, Steve Shanks and Dan Shanks; nieces, Kristine, Julianna and Oksana; and nephews, Charlie,Tim, Kevin, Ned, Joshua and Oleksa.
A life celebration will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 23 at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 24 at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, Waldorf. Burial will be private in Windber, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at ocrf.org or St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church.