Mariana Thorpe Landis Beddingfield, 88, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Davidson NC. She was born in Henderson NC to Martha Lacy (Pond) and William Thorpe Landis of Oxford, NC. She spent her childhood in Oxford along with her sisters, Virginia Lee and Martha Lacy, and brother Billy. After graduating from Oxford High School, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked in the Veterans Administration offices. After returning to Oxford, she began working in the local Veterans Administration office where she met Charles A. Beddingfield, Jr.
They married in 1949 and became the proud parents of three children, Chuck, Landis and David. When the children were young, Mariana and Charlie moved to Raleigh. Mariana was a devoted mother and was actively involved in the children’s school, church and athletic activities. She served as a substitute teacher at Millbrook High School for ten years.
In addition, Mariana was a talented artist and enjoyed sharing her oil and watercolor paintings with others. She loved to dance and won many ballroom dancing awards later in life. Mariana enjoyed traveling and adventure, as evidenced by a trip to China when she was in her 70’s. She enjoyed her final years in Davidson NC, most recently at The Pines.
Mariana loved life, but most of all, Mariana loved her church and church family. Raised at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, she became involved at Millbrook Baptist Church when the family moved to Raleigh. She was active in her Sunday School class and with related church activities.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Chuck (Anne) of Mount Pleasant SC, Landis of Cornelius, NC, and David (Kathy) of Huntersville, NC and her grandchildren: Dave, Chad and Anna of Huntersville. Her surviving siblings include her brother Billy (Alice) and her sister Martha, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Virginia Lee, and husband Charles.
Mariana will be remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
A memorial service celebrating her life and faith will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home at 1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh. A private interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Mariana and Charles devoted their lives to serving veterans and their families. To honor their commitment, the family suggests memorials be given to an organization related to veterans, particularly www.woundedwarriors.org. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownwynne.com