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Maryann Overland

Maryann Overland

Maryann Overland, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Good Friday, April 14, 2006 in Medford. Maryann will be remembered for her graciousness, poise and heroic bravery during a protracted illness. She was born April 3, 1921 in Lodi, Calif. to John and Rose (Merkel) Guilfoyle.

Throughout her school years in Lodi, Maryann was an outstanding all around athlete, winning championships in swimming and basketball. Following her graduation from Dominican College, San Rafael, Calif. in 1942, she worked for the F.B.I. in San Francisco. It was there that she met her future husband, Gordon Overland, a dental officer in the navy. After an eight month engagement they were married and honeymooned at Crater Lake, using gas ration coupons they received as wedding gifts. After Gordon returned from his station in the Aleutian Islands, they lived in Bremerton, Wash. for the duration of WWII.

In 1945, Maryann and Gordon moved to Missoula, Montana, to set up his dental practice. Maryann was active as a volunteer at St. Francis Xavier School, as director of the St. Patrick's Hospital Guild, as a longstanding member of the Greenough Park Board, in PEO Chapter AT, Missoula, and for many years she typed Braille books for the blind. Throughout the `50's, `60's and `70's, she spent happy summers at their home at Lindbergh Lake, Montana, hiking the woods, picking huckleberries and riding herd over her four sons and husband. In her later years she enjoyed homes at Flathead Lake, Montana and in Green Valley, Arizona. She loved travel, spending time in China and Europe, and encouraged her sons to do the same.

Maryann is survived by her brother, John Guifoyle of Woodbridge, Calif., her four sons and their families, Eric and Marjorie Overland of Medford and their children, Sean, Timothy and Maryann; Paul and Karen Overland of Missoula, and their children, Peter, Brian, and Caitlin; Mark and Amy Overland of Greenwood Village, Colorado; and Casey and Janine Overland of Missoula, and their sons, Luke and Ethan. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and an infant granddaughter, Rose. A memorial service will be held in Missoula. Memorials may be sent to the Rogue Valley Chorale, Southern Oregon Public Television or Jefferson Public Radio.