Doris Floyd Rolland, educator andcommunity advocate, died August 7, 2022, at age 92. She was born in Detroit to parents, Wallace & Dorcelle Floyd, on March 18, 1930. Doris attended SoutheasternH.S., Class of 1947. She earned a B.A.degree in Science Education from Wayne StateUniversity 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., andKristin (Kerry-dec.) White. Dorishad two grandchildren: Ashley (Coh) Yoshizaki andDouglas White and one great-grandchild, Misaki.
Doris taught science at Whittier Middle School in Flint before becoming a special ed. teacher at Woodside School. Shetook the position of Unit Director at Oakdale Center. Doris returned to Woodside in 1975, andwas subsequently appointed Directorof Special Educationfor Lapeer CountyISD. She wasresponsiblefor 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 lovingfamily,caring mentors, colleagues and friends. Shevolunteered for many years, focused particularly on children andseniors. She served on several boards that constructedcommunitybuildings in Lapeer: CMH; E-911; the new jail; Schickler, Murphy, Seaton, Mayfield, & Lapeer East Schools; Suncrest andLapeer Hospital wings; and the first hospice in Lapeer.
Doris spearheaded the brick paver fundraiserfortheLapeer County Historic Courthouse restoration. She compiled an 80yearretrospective of LapeerExtension Homemakers (FCE) that is currently on display at Lapeer County HistoricalSociety. She made hundredsof egg rolls and cheese ballsforcharity. She was honored as 1984 Woman oftheYear and Heartof FCE. Shewas appointed by the Governor to the Department ofHumanServices Board of Directors;was elected County Commissioner District 3; and in 2009, Rolland-Warner Middle Schoolwasnamed in honor of Doris Rolland andRon Warner (dec.), former AssistantSuperintendentof Lapeer Schools.
Recently, she was honored to attend a dedication ceremonyfor the 2.5 acre “Doris Rolland Pollinator Garden,” created through a grantandplantedby students at Rolland- Warner Middle School. A weeping cherry tree was also plantedin her honor by the Nipissing Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the AmericanRevolution (NSDAR).
Doris enjoyed music, gardening, beekeeping, camping and fishing. She was a member ofMichiganAssociationof Retired School Personnel (MARSP), Alpha KappaAlphaSorority, Inc., FCE, NSDAR; and Doris, FrenchandTuesday Clubs. Most importantly, she lovedspending time with her family and friends.
Doris is preceded in death by her siblingsWallace (Wilma-dec.) Floyd and Paul Floyd. She is survived by Burns, her husbandof 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 servicewill be held at Grace EpiscopalChurch, officiated by Rev. Sarah Parks. Memorial donations are welcomeandappreciatedto LCC Foundation, Rolland-Warner StudentFund, 235 W. Nepessing St., Lapeer, MI 48446. Please share condolences and memories withthe family at www.jansenfuneralhome.com.
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