Gladys Rowles

Gladys M. Rowles, the beloved wife of the late William F. Rowles; devoted mother of Patricia Ruth Rowles and Frances Ann Hobson; grandchildren Kelly, Brian, Tremain, and Jennifer; and 10 great grandchildren, has passed away after 92 blessed years.
She was born in Herndon, Va. and moved to PGC when she was five. She went to District Heights Elementary School and graduated from Maryland Park High School. During WWII she worked for the British Government. She later worked for the telephone company. She was classmates with her future husband. They fell in love and they were married on March 19, 1946. They purchased a home in Maryland Park that they lived in for the rest of their lives. They had two daughters that she was devoted to. She led their Brownie Troop. She was the Sunday school superintendent. She was active in an administration role at their PTAs. When the girls were in elementary school she was among the first women uniformed crossing guard in PGC . She ran the teen club at their junior high and then their high school. When they were in junior high she was among the first two women hired by PGC to drive a school bus which she did from 1960 until 1990. She got her real estate license and was active in that pursuit for five years. She loved the water, swimming and fishing. She loved playing golf and in her last twelve years she still played 9 holes each Wednesday. She loved to go. She loved to travel. She has been all over the USA, been to two Super Bowls, has gone on several cruises on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and has seen China and then Russia on river cruises. She took a flying lesson in her 80s. She loved her Redskins, the Orioles and ‘The Young and The Restless’. She loved life. She welcomed adventures. She loved her family and her family and friends loved her. She was extraordinary.
Her daughter Pat was assigned to write an essay in elementary school on ‘someone you admire’. The teacher wrote on top of her paper, ‘highly unlikely’. At the teacher/parent meeting she told the teacher, ‘Hi, I’m Pat’s highly unlikely mother. Now which part did you think she made up?’ She was small in stature but you wanted to step gently. Everyone she met loved and respected her and she will be greatly missed.


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