Mrs. Rowland was born and raised in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School in 1974. She attended Research Medical Center Nursing School in Kansas City, graduating in 1977 as a registered nurse. She then received a Masters degree in nursing from Kansas University. She started her nursing career at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Mo., and then worked with the Vernon County Health Department in Nevada. She also worked at Heartland Hospital in Nevada for a time, and Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., in their Home Health Department. She also served as an instructor, for a few years, at Pittsburg State University's nursing department. Jan also had been employed at Nevada Regional Medical Center's Home Health Department. Throughout this time, she raised and cared for her family, which always came first in her life. She loved horses, bowing, canoe trips, camping, and playing cards with family and friends. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Nevada, and recently had been attending the Cowboy Church here and is now in God's hands.
In addition to her husband Lonne, survivors include three daughters, Julie Ast and her husband, Kerry, Richards, Mo., Andrea Rowland and her friend, Blake Bolden, Richards, Mo., and Michelle Rowland and her friend, Thomas Hieber, Nevada; one grandson, Keeton Ast, Richards, Mo.; her mother, Dorothy Mahan, Nevada; her father-in law, Raymond Rowland, Richards, Mo.; and mother-in-law, Peggy Rowland, Nevada; one brother, Jim Mahan and his wife, Janet, Skiatook, Okla.; one sister, Lesa Keen, Lee's Summit, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Mahan.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Roger Beach officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada.
Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home and the family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, March 13, between 7 and 8 p.m.
Contributions may be made in her memory to Nevada Regional Medical Center Foundation Hospice Program, or Vernon County Cancer Relief, both in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada.
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