Reta Rowland


Reta Jane Rowland, 103, of Ottumwa, died at 1:19 p.m. February 24, 2022 at South Oak Towers where she resided for the past 35 years.

She was born April 14, 1918 in Putnam County, MO to Joseph and Nora Edith Carter Cain. Reta married Jesse James Rowland on July 1, 1935 and he preceded her in death on February 17, 1984.

Reta was a member of Christ’s Church. She enjoyed playing the organ, crafts and crocheting.

Surviving are three grandchildren, Steven Rowland of Canada, Laura Rowland of Fairfield and Beth Smith of Libertyville; a step-granddaughter, Kim Panko of Ottumwa; many great and great-great grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews who cared for her deeply.

She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Sally Rowland; siblings, George, Harold, Gay and infant Joe Cain, Alta Rowland and Veta McClellan.

Visitation will be open at 11 a.m. Monday, February 28th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present one hour prior to the service Tuesday to greet friends.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 1st at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Reeves officiating. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Rose Cemetery south of Graysville, MO at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Christ’s Church.

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