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LAKELAND - Delva Jane Rowsey of Lakeland and Charleston, W.Va. died on June 25, 2014 at Clapp Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Garden, N.C. with her loving daughter, Kay, at her side. She had breast cancer for many years which metastazed to her bones. Her illness was extremely difficult and her courage in coping with her pain was nothing short of amazing.
Mrs. Rowsey lived 90 years and in that 90 years she married, became the mother of two daughters, and worked as a medical transcriptionist at Kanawha Valley Radiologists. She and her husband retired to Florida in 1984. She was an avid collector of glass, especially West Virginia glass from Fenton and Blenko. Delva and her husband loved to travel and had visited all the states in the union and many foreign countries. She loved her Sandpiper community and enjoyed her card clubs and social groups. She was at one time active in the Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council serving as a leader when her girls were of the age to participate in their activities. Delva was also active in the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Henry M. Rowsey. She is survived by her children: Kay (Jerry) Johnston of Charleston, W.V. and Karen (John) McMillion of Greensboro, N.C., three grandchildren Katy (Drew) Crisco, Jase (Rebecca) McMillion, and Jeffrey (Amy) McMillion and two great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home in Greensboro, N.C. on June 26 at 7:00 p.m. Interment was at the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell on July 2, at 11:30. A private celebration of her life was held on July 5. The celebration was hosted by her daughter, Kay, and her good friend Verna Binkley.

Published in Ledger from July 8 to July 9, 2014
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