Mona Rowe Rowland went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 19, 2011, after 14 years as a breast cancer survivor.
Mona Rowe Rowland went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 19, 2011, after 14 years as a breast cancer survivor. She passed from this life to the next life peacefully and gracefully in the company of close friends and family.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Janis Brian Rowe.
Survivors include her father, J.W. Rowe and Velvin of Waldo; her husband of 33 years, Bill Rowland of Clinton, Tenn.; her son, Matt, of Nashville, Tenn.; her daughter, Hannah Grace of Nashville, Tenn.; her sister, Donna Buelow and Steve of Hope; brother, Jay Rowe and Rhonda of Siloam Springs; and sister, Jan Rowe of Columbia, Mo.; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
Mona was born on March 29, 1956, in El Dorado. She was a 1974 graduate of Hope High School, where she was a member of the Hope Ladycats Basketball team, a Hope Bobcat cheerleader and Governor of Arkansas Girls State in 1973. She enthusiastically served as a counselor and staff member of Arkansas Girls State for 12 years.
She was a 1978 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, where she was a member of the Ouachitones, a female singing ensemble that traveled the country representing OBU. While at Ouachita, she was a member of the EEE Social Club and was named Miss Ouachita Baptist University.
Mona was an active member of First Baptist Church, Hope, where she sang in the choir and served in a number of ministries. While in Hope, she was a member of the Friday Music Club and President of the Miss Southwest Arkansas Pageant Association, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. She was a math teacher in the Hope Public Schools, Prescott Public Schools and later at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Shortly after their move to Tennessee in 1994, Mona and Bill were involved in helping start Faith Promise Church, which now has more than 4,000 in weekly attendance.
She enjoyed going with her friends to the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., several times a year. She also loved visiting her children and family all over the country and the world – from rock concerts in Nashville to strolling the Champs Élysées in Paris, France.
Mona battled cancer for 14 years with grit, courage and a zest for life that reminded all who knew her how precious each moment really is.
She loved those in her life unconditionally, and through her example, taught each of them how to non-judgmentally accept and care for one another. She was many things – a loyal friend, a patient mother, a faithful wife, a gracious hostess, an exuberant teacher, a fashionista – a true Southern belle. She will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
The family wants to express their thanks to Dr. John Foust and staff at the Thompson Cancer Survival Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for their many years of care, love and compassion.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hope, on Wednesday Nov. 23, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Hope.
A Celebration of Life reception will be held immediately following the service at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Bro. Stan Parris will officiate. Arrangements are by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Memorial gifts also may be made online at www.komen.org.