Doris Rolland

Obituary of Doris Jean Rolland

Doris Floyd Rolland, educator and community advocate, died August 7, 2022, at age 92. She was born in Detroit to parents, Wallace & Dorcelle Floyd, on March 18, 1930. Doris attended Southeastern H.S., Class of 1947. She earned a B.A. degree in Science Education from Wayne State University and a M.A. degree in Child Development, with specialist certifications in Special Ed., Gifted & Talented and Ed. Administration from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


Doris married Burns Rolland Sr., a dairy farmer, on June 27, 1953. Together, they raised three children: Sharri (Stephen) Phillips, Burns (Teresa) Rolland Jr., and Kristin (Kerry-dec.) White. Doris had two grandchildren: Ashley (Coh) Yoshizaki and Douglas White and one great-grandchild, Misaki.

Doris taught science at Whittier Middle School in Flint before becoming a special ed. teacher at Woodside School. She took the position of Unit Director at Oakdale Center. Doris returned to Woodside in 1975, and was subsequently appointed Director of Special Education for Lapeer County ISD. She was responsible for establishing educational programs for over 750 developmentally challenged students while supervising a staff of 250 employees. Doris retired in 1985.


Doris led a blessed life, which she attributed to faith, a loving family, caring mentors, colleagues and friends. She volunteered for many years, focused particularly on children and seniors. She served on several boards that constructed community buildings in Lapeer: CMH; E-911; the new jail; Schickler, Murphy, Seaton, Mayfield, & Lapeer East Schools; Suncrest and Lapeer Hospital wings; and the first hospice in Lapeer.


Doris spearheaded the brick paver fundraiser for the Lapeer County Historic Courthouse restoration. She compiled an 80 year retrospective of Lapeer Extension Homemakers (FCE) that is currently on display at Lapeer County Historical Society. She made hundreds of egg rolls and cheese balls for charity. She was honored as 1984 Woman of the Year and Heart of FCE. She was appointed by the Governor to the Department of Human Services Board of Directors; was elected County Commissioner District 3; and in 2009, Rolland-Warner Middle School was named in honor of Doris Rolland and Ron Warner (dec.), former Assistant Superintendent of Lapeer Schools.


Recently, she was honored to attend a dedication ceremony for the 2.5 acre “Doris Rolland Pollinator Garden,” created through a grant and planted by students at Rolland- Warner Middle School. A weeping cherry tree was also planted in her honor by the Nipissing Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).


Doris enjoyed music, gardening, beekeeping, camping and fishing. She was a member of Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., FCE, NSDAR; and Doris, French and Tuesday Clubs. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family and friends.


Doris is preceded in death by her siblings Wallace (Wilma-dec.) Floyd and Paul Floyd. She is survived by Burns, her husband of 69 years; her sister, Valerie (Louis-dec.) Proctor; her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and her beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Doris’ cremains have been entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home in Columbiaville, MI. A private family memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, officiated by Rev. Sarah Parks. Memorial donations are welcome and appreciated to LCC Foundation, Rolland-Warner Student Fund, 235 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer, MI 48446. Please share condolences and memories with the family at

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