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Dorothy Jarene Rowland
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Obituary for Dorothy Jarene Rowland

Dorothy, known by many as “MeMaw,” was born February 15, 1934 in Folsom, OK to the late James Virgil and Effie Lena (Bonds) Wallace. She died Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Sulphur, at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 3 days. Dorothy and A.L. Rowland, JR were married on October 7, 1952 in Durant. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1979.

Dorothy grew up in the Folsom/Kenefic area. She was valedictorian of the 1952 graduating class of Kenefic High School. Dorothy and A.L. owned and operated the Rowland's Steak House in Tishomingo for 13 years. She later worked as a bookkeeper for the Parish Equipment Company in Tishomingo for 25+ years. Dorothy was a very hard working lady, retiring at the age of 76. Dorothy, Kathy and Gaye Gastineau spent 20 years traveling across Texas and Oklahoma singing with their group, The Celestials. Dorothy loved to sing and play the bass guitar, and often wrote many of the songs the group sang.

In 2010, Dorothy moved to Davis to be near her daughter Kathy. While living in Davis, she became a very active member of the First United Methodist Church, working with the youth program. She had a servant’s heart for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She often said her church kids were her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Hellack & husband Mike of Davis; two sons Derrell Lynn “Nub” Rowland of Duncan & fiancé Debbie Mefford and Lindy Allen Rowland & wife Sherry of Jenks; six grandchildren, Joshua Hellack, Staci Lynn Ellis & husband Kendall, Jodi Camille Ford & husband Casey, Laura Katherine Rowland & fiancé Michael Wente, Kari Wilson and Gregg Wilson and wife Kacy; as well as five great-grandchildren, Adisynn, Ava, Kynnli, Kaidynn and Karsynn.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by one sister, Millree Mellie and two brothers, James Earl and Glendon Harley Wallace.

Serving as pallbearers will be Kendall Ellis, Casey Ford, Michael Wente, Ben Randall, Hugh Killblane and Roger Pulley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Dorothy’s memory to the “Building Fund” of the First United Methodist Church, 308 South 3rd St, Davis, OK 73030.

3/20/2017
10:00 AM
07:00 PM
Viewing
Hale's Funeral Home
202 South 4th Street
Davis
OK
73030



3/21/2017
09:00 AM
07:00 PM
Viewing
Hale's Funeral Home
202 South 4th Street
Davis
OK
73030



3/21/2017
06:00 PM
07:00 PM
Visitation
Hale's Funeral Home
202 South 4th Street
Davis
OK
73030



3/22/2017
01:00 PM

Funeral
First United Methodist Church

Davis
OK
73030


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