Norma Rowland

Norma RowlandNorma Rowland, 94, of Rushville died at 6:40 a.m. June 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Schuyler County, a daughter of Wesley and Myrtle Rittenhouse Paisley. She married Thomas J. Rowland on March 24, 1944, in Rushville. He preceded her in death on April 30, 2006.

She also was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Ann Greer; four brothers, Kenneth, Jack and Lyle Paisley and an infant brother; and five sisters, Doris Logan, Evelyn Akers, Minnie Stephens, Vera Crockett and Mary Lou Phillips.

Surviving are one son, Thomas Lee (and Donna) Rowland of South Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was a graduate of Rushville High School and Illinois State University. During her college years, she worked at State Farm Insurance and was the supervisor of the bookkeeping department and later as an assistant to the President of the company. She returned to Rushville, to fulfill her passion for teaching. She taught bookkeeping and shorthand for 25 years. She later performed the accounting for the family business Rowland & Sons until 1986, when the business closed. She and Tom served as Parade Marshalls for the Smile’s Day Parade in 1989.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Schuyler American Legion Auxiliary, both in Rushville, and a bridge club. She was a founding member of the Monday Night and Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf Leagues. She volunteered at the HELP Center in Rushville.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Reverend John Sowers officiating. Burial will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Scripps Park Golf Course or her church.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/14/2017 (pending) and 6/21/2017


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