Trump or Clinton? Grandmother chooses neither in obit

Published: May. 17, 2016 at 2:45 PM EDT|Updated: May. 17, 2016 at 5:18 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When faced with the choice of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland's obituary says she chose instead to pass onto the eternal love of God.

The 68-year-old Richmond resident died Sunday, her husband says, after a long battle with lung cancer.

Jim Noland says he and Mary Anne had been married for nearly 46 years.

Noland says it was one of his and Mary Anne's sons that penned the opening line to the obituary.

The line wasn't meant as a parting shot at either presidential candidate, Noland says. Rather it was a joke and way for Mary Anne's children to carry on her sense of humor.

Noland says his wife was feisty, strong and compassionate. She spent her career as a wound care nurse, a job Noland says many others wouldn't do, but his wife enjoyed because it let her develop a relationship with her patients.

Even in retirement Noland says his wife never stopped being a caregiver, especially as a full time grandmother to their 10 grandchildren.

Noland says his family is beyond sad at the passing of his wife, but hopes the obituary captures her spirit and celebrates her essence.

He says Mary Anne is smiling down from heaven laughing along with them.

Click here to ready Noland's full obituary and memorial information.

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