Nancy D. Rowland, age 78, of Keysville, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Nancy was born in Easton, PA, on January 10, 1935. She graduated from the college of William & Mary, Class of 1956. Nancy married William A. Rowland in California, on May 20, 1967. Prior to moving to Keysville, Nancy worked in France as a U. S. Government employee and met her husband when she created the first Women’s Talk Show for the Armed Forces Radio Network. They lived in Paris for two years, Glendale, CA, Maryland, and the DC area before relocating to Cape Cod, MA, where they lived for ten years. On the Cape Nancy founded a Bee Keepers Association and a Sightseeing business using British and German double decker buses. The couple moved to Keysville in 1982. They bought land, converted the bus into a motorhome and started building a berm covered home.
Nancy enjoyed playing Bridge and became a member of many Clubs. She also answered the call for docents at the Patrick Henry National Memorial near Brookneal. Eighteenth Century open hearth cooking was her specialty and over the years her fellow docents were treated to many meals prepared in demonstrations for the Living History days at the plantation. Nancy was honored to be voted onto the Board of Directors where she worked to establish many new programs and activities. Shortly before her un-expected demise, she became President of the Foundation. She and her ideas will be missed.
A Memorial service is planned for May 5, 2013, at 4 p.m., at Red Hill, 1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal, VA 24528. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Patrick Henry Auxiliary or the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation. The funds collected will be used to support the National Forensic League which provides scholarships to college bound high school students. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of arrangements.