Cynthia “Cyndy” Marie Rowland (née Rodgers), 69, of Overland Park, Kansas, died August 30th 2017. “Cyndy” Rowland, daughter of the late GA Rodgers and Frances Rodgers and loving mother of Holly Rowland, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 30th. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Holly Rowland, and Holly’s husband Justin Hukle-VanKirk, her sister Beverly Cartmell, and Beverly's husband James Cartmell, and her aunt Kathleen O’Neil, and Kathleen’s husband James O’Neil.
Cynthia Rowland grew up in Springfield, MO, where she graduated from Glendale High School in 1966, before pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts at Southwest Missouri State, where she discovered her love for teaching. Post Cynthia’s graduation from college, she enjoyed her adventure of volunteering with the Peace Corps in Puerto Rico. She was excited as she was soon going to continue her adventure with the Peace Corps in South America, but unfortunately had to move back to the Midwest, when it was discovered that she had Graves’ disease, and she would not be able to receive adequate medical attention in the mountains of South America. Once back in the Midwest, Cyndy went on to pursue her love for teaching at The University of Kansas, ultimately earning her Masters of Special Education through Graceland College, attending their satellite program in the Kansas City area.
Cynthia Rowland was retired from the Independence Missouri School District, where she enjoyed many years working as a teacher in Special Education. Cynthia was admired by colleagues for her gifts and talent in Special Education, and adored by her students whose lives she enriched.
In her retirement, Cynthia returned to immerse herself in her love of painting, and enjoyed attending art classes with her sister Beverly, where Cyndy was frequently recognized for her natural abilities and talents in painting. Cyndy and Beverly had great fun going out to the country together, to seek out that next scene (be it an old long-abandoned barn they stumbled upon; seemingly unending fields of wildflowers, or that hawk who was on the lookout for his dinner) to immortalize through paint. Cyndy also enjoyed frequent trips to her local library, stocking up on biographies and books about the civil war. This past year; Cyndy delighted in a new hobby: canning vegetables, and creating her own wonderful salsas, jams, and exceptional pickled vegetables; of which her bread and butter pickles quickly became a regular request from family.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Cynthia’s life and memory at her visitation 5-7 pm Friday, September 15, 2017, at Johnson County Chapel and Memorial Gardens, located at 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210."