Virginia Lee Rowley, a former resident of Fairland passed away in Santa Barbara, Calif., she was 88. Ms. Rowley was born on October 28, 1928 in Fairland, Okla. to Humboldt Joseph and Dora Alice (Hooten) Rowley. She attended the Aurora Elementary School and then graduated from Fairland High School, then NEO A&M College in Miami, the graduated from Oklahoma State University and University of Southern California. Virginia worked as a librarian and teacher at Santa Barbara Community College for forty-five years. She moved to that area in 1955.  She taught in Fairland Public Schools, in Oklahoma City School System, U.S. Army Dependents School (Stuttgart, Germany), Santa Barbara City Schools and was a librarian for over thirty years at Santa Barbara Community College. Virginia was preceded in passing by her parents Joseph and Dora Rowley, her brothers, Taylor, John, Vernon, Gene, Eldon, Hugh and Denny Rowley, three sisters Alta Moody, Kathryn Huls and Charlotte Christman.

Survivors include her sisters-in-law Clara (Earls) Rowley of Grove, Marilyn Thompson Rowley of Prospect, Kentucky, along with many nieces and nephews, Connie Rowley of Dallas, Janet Brewster, Broken Arrow, Rhonda-Jo Nichols of Broken Arrow, Lyndee Kantor, Prospect, Kentucky, Lori Morgan of Dallas, and Vicki Rowley of Arlington, Texas, she was also survived by a special classmate Bob May.

Services are Friday, July 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist church in Fairland with Reverend Andy Krebs officiating. Interment will follow at the Fairland Cemetery under the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairland.

Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Virginia’s Tribute Page at