Patricia Ann Rowland

February 19, 1932 - December 9, 2023

02/19/1932 - 12/09/2023

Patricia Ann Rowland went to be with her Lord on December 9, 2023 in Virginia Beach. She was preceded in death by her husband and love of her life in November 2005. Survivors are a daughter, Charlotte Ann Rowland Campbell and husband Danny Alvin Campbell. Son, Michael Wayne Rowland and wife, Sharon Ball Rowland. There are 6 grandchildren. Jennifer Marie Campbell Valencia, and son Jay Valencia Jr. Jennifer later married Nathaniel Little and they have one son, Nicholas Anthony Little. Julie Ann Campbell and children Alize Kuster and Tyler Campbell. Jacqueline Rene Campbell. Only grandson is Daniel Jason Campbell and wife, Priscilla Scanlin Campbell, and son A.J. Campbell. Two step-grandchildren, Judi Stark and son Gabriel and Pristine Ball and husband Steve.

Patricia was born the only daughter of Guy Renfroe Sr. and Mae Gwin Rename On February 19, 1932 in Russellville, Pope County, Arkansas. She grew up loving church, school, family and many friends. She was very active in her Southern Baptist Church. She was a member of the Latin Club, where she excelled in this subject. She was a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated high school with the award for the most outstanding shorthand student in the entire class. She was a reporter for her high school newspaper. She wrote poetry and had two of those published in her high school newspaper. She had good relationships with all her classmates and teachers. She had such good grades that she was allowed to carry an extra subject each year, and could have graduated at age 16, but realized she wanted to graduate with her class. She worked in the principal’s office one hour each day. She became a member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, a religious group, as soon as she met the age requirements. Later she became one of the youngest to join the Order of the Eastern Star, after meeting age requirements. She was rotated while her mother was Grand National Mason and her father was Grand National Patron. She was active in both organizations. In church, she was always in Sunday School and morning services. Afternoons, she and friends visited shut-ins who were unable to attend church. Sunday evenings she was always in training union and evening worship services. Wednesday’s evening, she was always at choir practice and prayer meeting and Bible study. After graduating with honors, she worked at the People’s Exchange Bank as a bookkeeper. As a young child her Grandfather Renfroe had worked at this same bank as an attorney, with offices in the second floor of the building.

She met the love of her life through a mutual friend. They dated for a time and later Harold joined the United States Navy, where he served his country with great pride for a 30 year period. They married on December 17, 1951, in National City, Orange County, California, and started the greatest adventure of their lifetime. They had the opportunity of travel with the military. Starting off in San Diego, California for 3 1/2 years, followed by Honolulu, Hawaii for four years, Then 4 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. They then spent four years at Sidi Yahia, Morrocco, Africa The last 13 years of their military life was spent in the Tidewater area, moving from one command to another. They retired in 1980. Her priorities in life were her religion, her husband, her children, and her home. She worked very hard to be perfect in all areas, yes, she was a perfectionist and a workaholic. She was the most independent person you would ever meet but found that to be an asset not a hindrance. Her great desire was that she in some small way touched every person she ever met in a positive way. I hope all will respect that wish.

She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her beloved husband Harold Wayne Rowland at a later date.

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