Annie Louise Hobgood Rowland, 91, native of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and longtime resident of Princeton, Kentucky, died Friday, January 24, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Born March 9, 1928, Louise was the daughter of the late Ross Irvin Hobgood and Blondell Peyton Hobgood of Dawson Springs. She was wife to her beloved husband of 70 years, Roy Thomas Rowland, who passed on July 28, 2018. Louise is survived and deeply missed by her sister, Betty Joyce Hobgood Graham; son Bradley Thomas Rowland; daughters, Ann Peyton Rowland Ellison and Gloria Joyce Rowland; grandchildren, Bradley Warner Ellison, Taylor Franklin Ellison, Peyton Elizabeth Ann Ellison and Brenna Grace Rowland; and great -grandchild, Joy Camielle Ellison.
In addition to her parents and husband Roy, she was preceded in death by her young son, Roy Irvin Rowland.
Louise was always “full of spunk” and recounted a spirited childhood with a particular love of the country. She rode horses (admonished to “take it easy” as they had worked the fields all day) and, occasionally, a sow or two. The latter being discouraged as particularly dangerous! She gleefully described winding through the woods to spy on a local still, avoiding detection, along with many other childhood adventures.
Louise was a proud graduate of Dawson Springs High School, class of 1946, and regularly attended class reunions. After high school, Louise worked briefly in Chicago but returned to Kentucky and, in 1947, married Roy Rowland. She worked in the Princeton-based family business, Rowland Motors, before moving with her family to Orange County, California, where they lived for over 30 years and raised their three children. Louise was deeply involved in PTA, the Women’s Club, numerous other civic organizations and worked as a real estate agent.
After retirement, Louise and Roy returned to Kentucky and lived on Lake Beshear, surrounded by great neighbors and an idyllic environment. Louise was particularly proud of her appointment to the Caldwell County Water Board where she served for 14 years, including as Board chair. When appointed in March 1994, the district was supplying water to less than 100 customers in the county. At the end of her tenure more than 97 percent of county households were being served with a reliable and safe water supply.
Formal services are not planned but expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Dawson Springs Educational Foundation — 118 East Arcadia Avenue, Dawson Springs, KY 42408.