LA PLATA, MD. — SINGLE – Marilyn “Mari” Elaine (Shanks), 55, La Plata, Md., passed away peacefully Nov. 20, 2012, at her home surrounded by family. Born April 15, 1957, in Columbus, Ohio, to James Richard and Marilyn Jean (Steel) Shanks. She grew up in Winchester, Ind., and graduated from Winchester Community High School. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree 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, Md., she pioneered a widely-respected strings program at the elementary level in Charles County, Md. Mari enjoyed playing the flute and listening to music, traveling, doing anything outdoors, swimming, hiking, ice skating and spending time with family. Survived by 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. Family received friends for Mari’s life celebration Friday at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata, Md. 20646. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4419 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, Md. 20602. Family also will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber, where Panachida service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. Friends also will be received from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, followed by interment at 10:30 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery, Windber, the Very Rev. Miles Zdinak, officiating. Mari loved flowers, but donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (ocrf.org, CFC 11154) or St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, Waldorf, Md. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com/index.cfm.
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