OBITUARY

Marilyn Jones Rowland

July 1, 1938May 8, 2019
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Marilyn Jones Rowland, a native Atlantan, passed away peacefully on Wednesday the 8th of May 2019, at her residence following an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Leon Jones and Catherine Murray Jones. A graduate of The Westminster Schools, she matriculated to Mount Vernon College before transferring to the University of Georgia, graduating with a BBA in Marketing in 1960. Marilyn was a member of Phi Mu sorority and a sweetheart for Kappa Sigma fraternity. On the 24th of June 1960 she married her beloved late husband, Joseph Henry Rowland, Jr. In 1977 Marilyn started her career in residential real estate. She achieved numerous awards, including the coveted Silver Phoenix Award, recognizing her among the top producers for 25 consecutive years. Marilyn was proud to have worked until age 75 alongside her daughter Kelly. She and her husband were avid world travelers having seen China, New Zealand, Thailand, Switzerland and with her favorite being her trip to Africa. Marilyn was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an Atlanta Debutante, the Buckhead Girls Club, and the So & So’s. Marilyn was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She and Henry had a passion for hospitality, celebrating their friends, and especially their family. She adored spending a lot of their days at their hunting lodge, Buckeye Plantation, with family and friends. Marilyn always had a mission to lend a helping hand, from relocating displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina, to her service as a member of various committees and boards throughout Atlanta. With her work through the Murray Foundation, she had a major impact on education, arts, and athletics across Georgia. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Hank and Julie Rowland of St. Simons Island; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Tommy Boudreau of Atlanta; grandchildren, J. Henry Rowland IV, Carter Rowland, Chappell Rowland, Anna Grace Rowland, Thomas Boudreau, and Sam Boudreau. Funeral services celebrating the life will be conducted on Monday, the 13th of May at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Dobbs Chapel at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family Monday from one o’clock until the hour of service at the church. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. The family especially wishes to thank Marilyn’s caregivers, Ken Duke, Sandee Fuller, Melinda Fitts, and Violet Macharia for their excellent care and compassion. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to Shepherd Center or Grace Hospice Foundation.

  • FAMILY

  • Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Hank and Julie Rowland of St. Simons Island; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Tommy Boudreau of Atlanta; grandchildren, J. Henry Rowland IV, Carter Rowland, Chappell Rowland, Anna Grace Rowland, Thomas Boudreau, and Sam Boudreau.

Services

  • Friends Are Cordially Invited To A Visitation With The Family Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Funeral Services Will Be Conducted Monday, May 13, 2019

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Christine Foster

May 14, 2019

Marilyn was such a beautiful lady, but she shined from the inside even more! I met her in the early 90's when I joined Jenny Pruitt & Associates. She was kind, helpful, informative and patient to this newbie to the business.
Her grace and style always lead the way and I believe with her passed a wonderful lady!
May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hands and may peace and memories fill the family's hearts!

Violet Macharia

May 11, 2019

I was one of the caregivers to Marilyn for over a year until her sudden demise. Marilyn was the sweetest, kindest person I’ve ever met, she loved everyone and was an absolute delight to be with.
I will miss her dearly. RIH sweet Marilyn, till we meet again 💐

Margie Stockton

May 9, 2019

My Dear Mariland! Marilyn!
I so loved and admired her. We have been sistas in the business of real estate and motherhood.
I am sorry that we have not been close in these last years that Harry and I have moved to the coast.
Dear Barbara McFarland and now Marilyn have moved on. We were such good friends as young mothers and well into our later years!
RIP Dear Friends.
Love, Margie

Stu Blandford

May 9, 2019

A beautiful, refined lady who had one of the greatest hearts I’ve known.

My favorite memory is when I was a young child. She showed me the elaborate trains running in her basement. I was, and still am, in awe of her.

She raised two wonderful children, Hank Jr. and Kelly. They carry on her legacy like no one else could.

With much love,

Stu

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Biography

She was the daughter of the late Leon Jones and Catherine Murray Jones. A graduate of The Westminster Schools, she matriculated to Mount Vernon College before transferring to the University of Georgia, graduating with a BBA in Marketing in 1960. Marilyn was a member of Phi Mu sorority and a sweetheart for Kappa Sigma fraternity. On the 24th of June 1960 she married her beloved late husband, Joseph Henry Rowland, Jr. In 1977 Marilyn started her career in residential real estate. She achieved numerous awards, including the coveted Silver Phoenix Award, recognizing her among the top producers for 25 consecutive years. Marilyn was proud to have worked until age 75 alongside her daughter Kelly. She and her husband were avid world travelers having seen China, New Zealand, Thailand, Switzerland and with her favorite being her trip to Africa. Marilyn was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, an Atlanta Debutante, the Buckhead Girls Club, and the So & So’s. Marilyn was a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She and Henry had a passion for hospitality, celebrating their friends, and especially their family. She adored spending a lot of their days at their hunting lodge, Buckeye Plantation, with family and friends. Marilyn always had a mission to lend a helping hand, from relocating displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina, to her service as a member of various committees and boards throughout Atlanta. With her work through the Murray Foundation, she had a major impact on education, arts, and athletics across Georgia.