Takeko Kathleen Rowland, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, passed away at age 90 on July 2, 2021 after a brief battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. A resident of Rockford, she was born in Hilo, Hawaii as one of eleven children. Takeko, known to all as Baban, was preceded in death by her husband William Philip Rowland; parents Tsurukichi and Hisayo Hayashi. Survived by her brother Susumu Hayashi; brother Kenneth and wife Loretta Hayashi of Hilo; sister Suellen and husband Ted Yoneda of Stockton, California; brother Larry Hayashi; sister Ruth Hayashi and sister-in-law Leslie Hayashi both of Honolulu; sister-in-law Eutella Murphy of Maryville; brother-in-law Clifford Williams of Vonore. Also survived by her children Melanie and husband Bob Russell of Maryville; daughter Cassandra and husband Stephen Petre of Maryville; daughter Elena Owens and Shannon Kintz of Knoxville; grandchildren Jamaica Swank, Meridith Geiger, Mallorie Owens, Kisa Vanderford and Emma Owens; great grandchildren Destiny Burns, Gabriella Foister, Kai and Celine Swank, Lila Johnson, Oliver, Ryann, and Silas Geiger and the “little mochi.” Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Friday, July 9, 2021 at Smith Trinity Chapel, Maryville. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 PM. Family and friends will assemble for interment at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 10, 2021 Grandview Cemetery, Maryville. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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