OBITUARY

Linda L. Rowland

August 28, 1942October 14, 2020

The most wonderful woman on the planet has passed away. Linda Louise Walker Rowland appropriately entered this world riding in on the Matagorda Hurricane in August of 1942. Her adoring parents, John David and Dorothy Walker welcomed her arrival in Freeport, Texas, and she was surrounded by equally adoring loved ones when she left us the morning of October 14th. Her parents were blessed to have not only Linda, but also her brothers, J.D. “Bud” Jr., Jeff, Tommy and Mark. Linda and her brothers grew up in Newton, Texas on a chicken farm with a dirt floor, still using an outhouse until well into her school years. They were brought up to love God, help their neighbors and be grateful for the lives they were given. After graduating high school, Linda’s father dropped her off at Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont to begin her life out of the piney woods of East Texas. The story goes that one sunny afternoon, Linda spotted an introverted, quiet senior engineering student in the cafeteria and was smitten. She asked to sit down next to him for lunch that day, and every day following until she and this handsome devil became an item. Unsurprisingly, John Rowland found he could not live without this beautiful woman, and asked her to marry him. And, on April 21, 1962, the two were married in the First Baptist Church of Newton. The honeymoon was an exciting car trip to Gary, Indiana where John began his career at US Steel as an Electrical Engineer. Well, the two apparently liked each other enough that in February of the following year, they welcomed their first child, Susan Lynn. John Douglas Jr. was soon to follow as was a move to Pennsylvania and another son named Matthew Edward. In 1969, the family made another move to Baytown, Texas where the last of their family was born, a daughter named Kathryn Elizabeth. John and Linda lived in Baytown for 38 years on Arrowhead Drive where they cultivated friendships that have lasted their lifetime. Linda bloomed in Baytown and became an active member of the community. She was a faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church, and later a founding member of Baker Road Baptist Church. She was a member of the Baytown Junior Forum and played bridge religiously once a month with the same group of friends for 30+ years. She was a staunch member of the Republican Party, and even ran for a Texas State Senate seat when she felt there was a need for change. She was never a shy woman, making it past Secret Security guards to shake the hand of President Gerald Ford when he came to the Lee/Sterling game during his administration. She even asked him to her home for tea – of course! Linda was a devoted member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She served in all offices of her chapter, and eventually as Worthy Matron at the Goose Creek Chapter in Baytown, and twice filled that office at the Amistad Chapter in San Antonio. She eventually was appointed to be Deputy Grand Matron of District 5, Section 7. But her greatest joy in OES came not from the fundraisers she was a part of, but from the close and loving friendships she cultivated with her OES sisters and brothers. Later in life, Linda devoted herself to the healthcare of her mother-in-law, and became a new student in the nursing school at Lee College. There, she not only received her LVN, but later also her Nursing Home Administrator’s license. During this time in school, she met her unofficially adopted daughter, Jean, and later not only opened her heart to Jean, but to Jean’s daughter Apryl Renee, who Linda considered her grandchild in love. Linda spent her time here on Earth making a difference in the lives of those with whom she came in contact. She was always offering a helping hand and a guiding word – even though her children might call them “Linda lectures” ... For the years she was with us, we were blessed without measure to have her as our matriarch. Her children and their spouses, Derek Sauls, Angela Rowland, Blaine Holbrook and Gina Marlow, and her grandchildren, Pearce Sauls, Rowland Sauls, Grace Sauls, Taplin Louise Sauls, Cody & Courtney Ratliff, Rey & Merrissa Morales, Linda Eleise Holbrook, and Aric Holbrook will all miss this amazing woman. Our family gatherings and daily lives will definitely never be the same again. However, we fully expect her to greet us in Heaven someday wearing orange lipstick and nails, a double row of pearls and a flower on her jacket while serving us warm pecan pie and homemade ice cream asking us why we weren’t home before the street lights came on. Linda had a passion for the Order of the Eastern Star. While she would never expect others to bring a gift to her final farewell, if you feel as though you would like to do something in her memory and don’t want to send flowers, a donation to the Baytown Chapter of this organization is always welcomed. Thank you for caring her, you each brought her joy. For that, our family is forever grateful. After the service at Navarre Funeral Home on 2444 Rollingbrook Drive in Baytown on October 22nd at 1:00, our family would love for you all to join us at the Baytown Boat Club for lunch and the opportunity to share with each other just what Linda meant to each of us. The address for the Boat Club is 1600 Clear Lake Rd, Highlands, 77562.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

Memories

Linda L. Rowland

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Shari Capps

October 24, 2020

I was blessed to know Linda. I was one of the instructors at Lee College when Linda got her LVN diploma. She was supportive of me and her fellow classmates.
I will always remember her voice and her way of sharing knowledge.
After she graduated, from Lee I wasn’t able to keep up with her, but am not surprised reading of her accomplishments!
May God bless her family and other loved ones!

PAMELA RAMIREZ

October 24, 2020

I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Linda Rowland a couple of years ago. She was one of the most wonderful people I ever had the opportunity to meet in my line of work. She would always bring joy to us and it was always a pleasure to help her and Mr. Rowland. Thank you for your kindness, we will miss you!

Respectfully,

Pamela R.

Della Woods

October 22, 2020

My prayers go out to John and the family and close friends of Linda. She was always so inviting and there was such a positive feeling that filled the room when she was there.

I first met Linda and John through Goose Creek Rainbow Assembly, IORG in the 1970's. I then saw them at Eastern Star functions through the years and the last time I saw Linda was at a Goose Creek Chapter, OES meeting. Fraternal Love...

Dwight Von Heeder

October 22, 2020

We never knew Linda to be upset. She was always positive about everything. She and John invited us to spend a weekend with them in San Antonio. The Ladies went to the kitchen and cooked a wonderful meal for us all and had fun doing it. We would not have known Linda and John had it not been for Eastern Star. We've shared so many fond memories that it's impossible to write them all down. We miss Linda but she is out of her pain and suffering now. I continue to pray for comfort and peace for her Family and Friends. God be with y'all at the service tomorrow.

Sylvia Garcia

October 21, 2020

Linda will always live in our hearts. Raul and I met her and John on one of our O.E.S. trips to Mexico. That magnetic field around us worked it's magic spell! The Rowlands joined our Chapter in San Antonio and since then she was not only my Chapter sister, but the sister I never had, my best friend, and my traveling companion. We became the fun loving foursome and formed memories of other O. E. S. trips as well as fun trips to New York, Mazatlan, and Cancun. I will always remember the night Linda and I were in the hot tub on the porch of our rooms in Cancun enjoying the brilliant moon beams and the roaring of the ocean waves while John scurried to bring us refreshing Margaritas. Yes, we formed some heart warming memories that will remain with us until we meet again.

Terisa Heinzmann

October 21, 2020

Linda was one of my closest Eastern Star Sister and a dear friend. I was saddened to hear of her passing. I will miss her soft voice speaking words of wisdom and comfort. She loved my dear deceased husband, Frankie and me and we loved her so much! I know she and Frankie are in Heaven sharing stories of grandchildren and Eastern Star friends. Sincerely Teri

Colleen Asaro

October 20, 2020

I met Linda as we both worked on the same committee in 2006 for the Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the Eastern Star. We worked well together and at every Grand Chapter after that, we greeted each other with a hug and asked after our respective families. She lit up my life...and she was a wonderful inspiration. I miss her.

Becky Wood

October 20, 2020

I will always love Linda! I was a 1st grade Sunday school teacher under Linda leadership at Memorial Baptist Church Baytoun. Linda was a great leader full of love, commitment to God, her SS children and her family. She was my friend.RIP my beloved Linda, Rebecca Wood

Debbie Wood

October 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss,I was very blessed to work with this beautiful women in Nursing.I was an Lvn and saw the care she gave her patients and the kindness of her fellow nurses.She was always smiling.It was a pleasure working with her.

TERRY MAXWELL

October 18, 2020

I married into the family, and upon meeting Linda, felt a warm welcome and was made to feel as if I had always belonged with their family. Always inviting and gracious, she was refined and down to earth at the same time. So special, I miss her terribly.

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