Mary Frances (Pan) Lovern, Ph. D. of Dublin, Virginia, age 83, died March 20, 2010 at the Pulaski Community Hospital. She was born June 19, 1926, in Columbus, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Elbert and Odessa Lovern, Glade Spring, Va., where she grew up. She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, George Armbrister.
Survivors include a sister, Ann Armbrister, Draper, Va.; a nephew and his wife, Michael and Sherry Armbrister, Dublin, Va.; a niece, Mary Ann Armbrister, Nashville, TN.; a great niece and her husband and daughter, Jessica, Ernest and Mikayla Cheatham, Mechanicsville, Va.
A longtime educator, Dr. Lovern was a teacher of English in Pulaski County and the City of Martinsville, Virginia and served 23 years in the Virginia Department of Education, Richmond, first in the English Services and later in research. At the time of her retirement from the Department in 1987, she was Associate Director for Research and Program Development. Dr. Lovern received the B.A. degree from Emory and Henry College, the M.S. degree from Virginia Tech, and her Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University. She served as president of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English and the Virginia Educational Research Association and received the first Award for Outstanding Service presented by the research association. She also served as president of the Pulaski County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church.
There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be conducted 11 AM, Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Old Glade Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glade Spring, Va. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Doctor Robert Davis.
Arrangements by Williams Funeral Home, Chilhowie, Va. In lieu of flowers memorials in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.