Betty Jean Orren Rowland, 78, of S. Deerfield Dr. in Morganton died Monday, March 30, 2009 at Grace Heights following a period of declining health. She was born October 25, 1930 in East Monbo, NC, and was a daughter of the late Raymond Victor Orren and Bertha Myrtle Hudspeth Orren. She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church of which her husband is the pastor. Betty is an alumnus of Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC, and of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC.She is survived by her husband, Dr. Raymond Rowland of the home; children, Dr. Michael Alan Rowland of Farmville, Virginia, Captain Richard Eric Rowland of Danville, Virginia, and Judith Yvonne Rowland Seggel, R.N. of Olney, Maryland; grandchildren, William A. Seggel, Sarah Margaret Seggel, and Robert Seggel; a brother, Homer Alexander Orren of Charlotte, NC; and several nieces and nephews.The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Riverside Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Farnham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Baptist Church Ministry to the Poor, 516 NC 126, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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