POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – Lillian Orme Leach (Ann) Glovier, age 82, and long-time resident of Pocomoke City, Md., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
She was born to the late James Craig Leach and Isabelle Emory Keeler Leach on May 14, 1931.
Ann attended Cranberry High School in North Carolina and continued her education at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Md. She worked for Neighborhood Youth Corps, an organization to help underprivileged kids and The Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council as an adult executive. Later in life, Ann served as executive director of the Pocomoke City Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in the formation of the first American Field Service (AFS) group in Pocomoke City. She, her husband, Malcolm and son, Tom, hosted the first exchange student, Paulo Erdos from Brazil.
She was an active member in the community, serving in countless ways and was a charter board member of The Mar-Va Theater. Known as the “Mother of the Mar-Va Theater,” Ann was instrumental in saving and restoring the 1927 building. Today, the theatre houses The Mar-Va Theater Performing Arts Center. Ann was an involved member of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church and of St. Martha’s Guild and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Family and friends were a top priority for Ann, as were her beloved pets. She and husband, Malcolm, enjoyed camping, friends and family, and attending theater and musical performances. Her greatest joy was in spending time with her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending their ballgames and other events. “Gran” was always the most enthusiastic person in the audience or on the bleachers.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Malcolm Abernathy Glovier. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Brenton Glovier, and husband, Rodney Carlos Cook, of Pulaski; sons, James Mont Glovier and George Garman Glovier and his wife, Doris. Also surviving is son, Thomas Floyd Glovier of N. Charleston, S.C. She also leaves to cherish her memory nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Ann is also survived by brother, John Dowling Leach of Springfield, and sister, Janet Carter Leach Jones of Seaford, Del., and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at The Mar-Va Theater Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. A reception to follow at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 18 Third St., Pocomoke City, Md. Arrangements are being handled by the Holloway Funeral Home, Pocomoke City, Md.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Mar-Va Theater, 103 Market St, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.