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Mary Yvonne (Gilbert) Rowland

June 17, 1955 ~ August 9, 2020 (age 65)


Mary Yvonne (Gilbert) Rowland, 65, of Van Buren, died Sunday, August 9, 2020, at her home.  The daughter of Andrew and Vada Ruth (Spaulding) Gilbert, she was born June 17, 1955, in Russellville.  She married Darrell Wayne Rowland, on June 20, 2009, at Colorado Springs, CO.

Mary held a deep passion for working with and teaching children, especially those who struggled with learning.  She was a Head Start Teacher with Hamilton Early Head Start in Van Buren, and a member of the Federal Head Start program, and the Delta Community Action Foundation.

She and Darrell worshipped with their faith family at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church in Van Buren, where she was a teacher in Children's Church and loved Bible Study.  Mary witnessed to all those around her, not only by sharing her faith but by living out the love of Jesus in her life.

She had a soft spot in her heart for pets that needed rescued.  She enjoyed cooking, feeding wildlife, sewing, crocheting, growing plants & flowers, eating healthy foods, and studying history and science.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, David Wayne Gilbert; her maternal grandparents, H.M. & Virgie Spaulding; and her paternal grandparents, Coties & Mabel Gilbert.

She is survived by her husband, Darrell Rowland; her two sons, Andrew Williamson (April) of Cabot, and Jeffrey Williamson of Jacksonville; two sisters, Cheryl Brown (Neal) of Hurst, TX, and Patti Hooten (Bill) of Coppell, TX; and a brother, Larry Gilbert or Dover.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service, and a private family graveside gathering will be held at a later time at Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle.  Memorial donations may be made to the Youth Ministry, Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, 3130 Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956.  Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at

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Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church - Youth Ministry
3130 Pointer Trail E, Van Buren, AR 72956, Van Buren AR 72956
Tel: 1-479-474-3630

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