MaryNell (Farnsworth) Rolland, 1956

MERRYNELL (FARNSWORTH) ROLLAND August 29, 1934 - January 20, 2013 MERRYNELL “NELL” (FARNSWORTH) ROLLAND, 78, of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of Iowa, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa from heart failure. Nell was born in Cresco, Iowa, on August 29, 1934 to Ray and Madge Farnsworth. She attended school there through high school. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a degree in Business Education. While at Luther she met and married RALPH ROLLAND ‘54 on June 9, 1957. They had four children: Brian (Roxanne) Rolland of Mt Vernon, Iowa; Brent (Sandy) Rolland of Clear Lake, Iowa; Rich Rolland of Key West, Fla.; and Nancy (Pat) Jorgensen of Vinton, Iowa. Together they lived in several towns in Iowa including Eagle Grove, Stanhope, Jewel, Clarion, Vinton and Lisbon. After Ralph's retirement from education in 1988, they moved to Mesa, Ariz., during the winters and would return to Iowa during the summers to spend time traveling, visiting friends and family. Nell was a third generation member of PEO, active in both athletic and band boosters while her children were involved in those activities and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Nell had an amazing love for her 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers and memorials the family requests that a special act of generosity to your own grandchildren be given to celebrate how special they make life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, in 2009. On line condolences for the family can be left at Mariposa Gardens Mesa, Az