Setsuko Yayoshi Rowlands, age 92, handed away peacefully on November 23, 2020. She was a Little Rock resident for 10 years and beforehand lived in Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania and Tokyo, Japan. She was preceded in demise by her husband, David. She leaves behind her kids David (Anne) and Martha (Cynthia). She additionally has 4 grandchildren: Josh, Justin (Hannah), Rachel, Emily, and Andrew “AJ” (Sarah). Her one nice grandchild was born in Might 2020, Leo Eshleman.
In Pennsylvania, she spent most of her life as a busy housewife and mom. She took up piano classes on the age of 43, principally to show to her whining kids that it was attainable to study to play the piano with a bit effort and a whole lot of apply. At about the identical time, she realized to drive. This enabled her to have a part-time job as a a lot beloved “cafeteria girl” at Mechanicsburg Junior Excessive Faculty. Her newly discovered driving expertise additionally meant she spent a great deal of time tooling round in her VW Rabbit, ferrying her two kids to choir and band apply, church actions and the mall. If she was not tending to the household, she could possibly be discovered investigating new meals gadgets on the grocery retailer or buying at The Far East Grocery, her beloved neighborhood Japanese grocery retailer.
In the course of the largest vacation in Japanese tradition (New Yr’s Day), she would wake early to cook dinner the entire specialty meals for the day, notably her Ozoni soup. “Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!” she would say as her kids entered the kitchen. Her kids and grandchildren realized these cooking secrets and techniques from her and to this present day, they proceed her custom of Ozoni soup on New Yr’s Day. She additionally taught her grandchildren to make sushi they usually beloved it. In her 70’s, she lived at Bethany Village the place she volunteered on the snack store. There at Bethany Village, Setsuko might regularly be seen dragging a 20-pound bag of Kokuho rice to her residence a lot to the confusion of her fellow residents. She as soon as stated that she felt nervous anytime she didn’t have Japanese rice in the home.
In her 80’s, she moved to Little Rock to reside together with her daughter Martha. There she was often known as an ardent watcher of CNN, a brutal dominoes participant and a client of each attention-grabbing meals merchandise she might get her arms on. Her dominance on the dominoes desk was so full that her younger pals would typically revert to dishonest in order that she didn’t win each sport. Setsuko was often known as a affected person, loving and accepting good friend to all of her newly discovered “teenager” pals who frequented her home. She beloved them fully and accepted them as they have been, warts and all.
Setsuko continued her religion stroll at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church the place she would often confound these seated close to her together with her Bible, printed in Japanese. Whereas she was nonetheless wholesome, she was an lively member of the St. Michael’s “Our Home” Staff. She beloved serving to cook dinner and serve the month-to-month meal together with her staff.
Setsuko was a exceptional woman–outwardly diminutive, however inwardly powerfully propelled by love and openness to the subsequent new factor across the nook. All through her life, she grew to become an skilled at reinventing herself in each new scenario. She was a lot beloved and can be dearly missed.
Funeral preparations are with Smith Funeral House in North Little Rock, Arkansas. There are not any providers deliberate at the moment however a memorial service is deliberate for the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to “Our Home” (Little Rock, Arkansas). To our out of state pals, “Our Home” is a company that gives help to homeless and close to homeless households and people.
On-line guestbook at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Printed November 29, 2020
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