Evelyn Quillin Ryland, 95, historical author who owned Miss Bettie’s Antiques

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Evelyn Quillin Ryland
Evelyn Quillin Ryland

Evelyn Quillin Ryland, an Urbanna resident of 74 years and a native of Southwest Virginia, died peacefully at home Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at the age of 95.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, J. William “Bill” Ryland. She was the daughter of Hubert A. Quillin and Rose Slemp Johnson Quillin and the sister of the late Howard Quillin, all of Kingsport, Tennessee.

A former Sunday school teacher, postmaster, small business owner, author and area historian, Evelyn contributed greatly to her church and community. She and her husband Bill served in countless church and civic roles and always welcomed friends and visitors into their Urbanna Creek home on “the hill.”

Evelyn authored and co-authored “Historic Buildings in Middlesex County Virginia 1650-1875”; “Urbanna- A Port Town in Virginia 1680-1980”; and “History of Urbanna Baptist Church, 1888-2003, A Little Church with a Large Ministry.” She owned Miss Bettie’s Antiques. She loved arranging flowers for special days in the lives of friends.

She is survived by her sons, Walter H. Ryland and his wife Madelaine Aerni Ryland, of Richmond and John William Ryland III and his wife Claudia Robins Ryland, of Williamsburg; grandchildren, Mark Ryland and his wife Corbin Brierre Ryland, of Richmond, Caroline Ryland, of Virginia Beach, Ashley Ryland Willis and her husband John Willis, of Williamsburg and John Page Ryland and his wife Betsy Ryland, of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Cooper Ryland, of Richmond, Alexis Covington, of Caroline County, Ryland, Ben and Reed Willis, of Williamsburg and Page, Cole and Audrey Ryland, of Richmond; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Urbanna Baptist Church with a reception following at the church. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery in Church View.

Memorial gifts may be made to Urbanna Baptist Church, P.O. Box 416, Urbanna, VA 23175.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home.

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