Mrs. Virginia Swearengen "Cissy" Rowlett, 81, of Blytheville, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, from complications following emergency surgery at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. 

She was born Jan. 20, 1929, in Blytheville, the daughter of the late Herbert and Bess Bass Swearengen.  

She was affiliated with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of Circle Three.  

While living in Baytown, Texas, Mrs. Rowlett was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where she was actively involved in the Altar Guild, St. Cecelia’s Guild, the C.S. Lewis Guild, the food pantry and assisted with serving at the altar and carrying communion to the sick.  

She was an avid television watcher and reader, especially enjoying the Westminster Book Club.  

She kept a long, active prayer list and enjoyed sending cards of remembrance.  

Mrs. Rowlett was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.  

She was a former teacher of math and science at Blytheville High School and Blytheville Junior High School, and at Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Herbert "Sonny" Swearengen, and her sister, Emadel Holtzclaw.

Mrs. Rowlett leaves her loving husband of almost 56 years, Thurman Rowlett of the home; her children, Amy Winans and her husband Mike of Baytown and Thurman "Sonny" Rowlett III and his wife Vicki of Mont Belvieu, Texas; and five grandchildren whom she was especially proud of, Katy Winans, Zachary Rowlett, Alexander Rowlett, Teddy Rowlett and Andrew Rowlett.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Texas. 

Memorials can be made to  Trinity Episcopal Church in Baytown; St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1512 Willow Street, Blytheville, Ark. 72315, or to the First United Methodist Church, 7th and Main Street, Blytheville, Ark. 72315.  

Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville is in charge of arrangements.  

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