Jeanne (Bolen) Rowland Herd, 95, passed away on May 15, 2019.
She was born in Indianapolis on September 6, 1923 to W. Jane (Cooper) Bolen and Dr. W. Ross Bolen. She spent most of her life as Jeanne Rowland in Shelbyville.
She was married to Bill Rowland for over 25 years.
She was known as the Sales Lady at Scofield’s Furniture for many years. She founded Newcomers Club, where she greeted new residents and helped them formulate new friendships.
Many couples are together because of Jeanne’s matchmaking abilities. There are bridge clubs that are still active because of Jeanne’s Newcomer program. Lifelong friendships happened because of Newcomers. She broke the Culligan mold by answering the call of ‘Hey Culligan Man’. She won the top salesperson in Indiana on numerous occasions, making John Grigsby happy he hired the first Culligan sales lady!
After her marriage to E. Don Herd, she moved to Seven Lakes Condos in Fort Myers, FL. While enjoying retirement she didn’t slow down. She loved taking family on cruises and to the beach. She enjoyed games and was always the last one to go to bed because she did not want to miss anything. Until her eyesight failed, she loved duplicate bridge, earning many Master’s points. Jeanne lived life to the fullest and was always willing to help anyone. She was truly a very gracious person who put others first.
Jeanne is survived by daughter, Jan (Mike) Asher of Shelbyville; sons, William Rowland of Nassau Bay, TX, Rickey Herd of Carmel Valley, CA. and daughter-in-law, Diane Rowland of League City, TX. Surviving grandchildren are: Scott (Christina) Asher and Brian (Lori) Asher of Shelbyville , Becca (Mark) Withey of League City, TX and Michael (Rene)Smith of Tempe, AZ. 12 Great grandchildren also survive. Asher- Christopher, Lauren, Bryce, Luke, Aidan, Sophia; Withey- Lily, Hunter, Torin; Dagley- Kyle, Jeremiah; Smith- Jade.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, brother, Bill Bolen (Beverley); son, Ross Rowland and granddaughter, Angie (Tim) Dagley. Jeanne would probably expect us to also mention past pets, Taffy, Teddy, Chessie and Baby.
Jeanne adored all animals and requested, in leau of flowers, to donate to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Rd. Shelbyville, IN 46176.
A gathering of family and friends for an open house will be at the Knights of Columbus from 5-8 pm on Wednesday May 22. Come as you are and celebrate Jeanne’s special life.
Interment will be in Fort Myers at a later time.