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Marianna was born March 9, 1939, in Franklin, Tennessee. She was a retired United Methodist minister and adjunct professor of Bible and religion at Athens State University and Calhoun College. Marianna was a master quilt-maker and professional appraiser.
Over the course of her life, she was a dairy farmer, newspaper editor, published author, gifted public speaker and lecturer, trainer for the International Space Station and one of the original Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. She earned a B.A. degree from Athens College, an M.A. degree from Scarritt College and master's and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University.
Marianna will be missed by her husband of 63 years, Ken Frost; children, Miles Frost (Susan), Ken Frost (Diane) and Eric Frost (Margaret); grandchildren, Kim Broadway (Mark), Camron Frost (Rebecca), Bess Frost-Hunter (Erik), Daniel Frost, Rachel Hicks (David), Kailey Bogaram (Shashank) and Heather Carter; great-grandchildren, Ava and Cayden Frost, Charlotte and Davis Hunter, Julian Cotner; brother, Bill Jones (Linda); and bestfriend and sister of choice for 80 years, Mary Frances Carr.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donya Frost. She will be missed by a host of extended family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marianna's name to the Birdie Thornton Center, Athens.
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