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Debra Olene Rowlett, age 66

Debra Olene Rowlett, 66, of Jacksonville, this world lost a bright shining star on January 18, 2020.  She was born on May 10, 1953 in El Dorado, Arkansas to William and Doyce Goins.

She had a passion in life to share and to take care of everyone. She gave her heart to everyone that came through the doors of Bayou Meto Elementary.  Everyone knew her as the “frog lady”.  She made sure everyone was loved and cared for and will always be our guiding light to infinity and beyond.

She was preceded in death and greeted with open arms by her mother and grandmother.

Debra leaves behind the love of her life for 47 years Gary Rowlett; her greatest accomplishment her daughter Michelle Earnhart (Alan); her legacy is her prized possessions her sweet Cody and beautiful Chelle Byron (Matthew); many extended family and friends.

Per Debra’s wishes she requested in lieu of flowers all donations to be made to the Go Red for Women Heart Foundation or the Lupus Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Rebecca coco Posted January 20, 2020 3:11 PM

    Ive always loved her since the 1st day chelle took me to meet her..

  • Donna Young Posted January 20, 2020 3:20 PM

    Absolutely amazing lady who loved me like I was her own daughter!! Many wonderful times spent with this lady. You will be greatly missed by everyone who knew you, but I’m so glad you are free of pain. Lots of prayers and love for my sis, Gumpy, and all the family as they go through this sad sad sad time.

  • Meagan Myers Posted January 20, 2020 3:27 PM

    She was such a sweet woman and I’ll forever hold all the memories we had from bayou meto . She sure loved her frogs

  • Sabrena Kertz Posted January 20, 2020 3:28 PM

    Mrs. Debra was one of the highlights of elementary school for me. She was a wonderful woman that loved what she did and loved people. It deeply saddens me that the world has lost such a wonderful person.

  • Andrea Poole Posted January 20, 2020 3:56 PM

    Oh my goodness I loved Debra then we find out we were related through Gary . I’m lifting y’all up

  • Stacy Collins Posted January 20, 2020 7:18 PM

    Mrs. Debra was an amazing woman! We both loved frogs so we use to discuss all the ones we had every time I’d go into Bayou Meto to pick up my daughter from school. Her last day there she gave my daughter one of her stuffed frogs, which my daughter still has. She was always a joy talking to any time I had to go to the school. She will definitely be missed!

  • Kevin Stalnaker Posted January 21, 2020 5:46 AM

    So sorry for your loss Gary.

  • Degler Family Posted January 21, 2020 10:10 AM

    Gone from our sight but never gone from our hearts 💕 this lady was very special and will always have a place in my family’s heart. Sorry for your loss.

  • Alan Selph Posted January 21, 2020 10:16 AM

    You are in my prayers

  • Donald and Carolyn Rowlett Posted January 21, 2020 11:11 AM

    With our deepest condolences

  • Donna Rowlett Hogan Posted January 21, 2020 4:31 PM

    My Aunt Debbie who was so cool and fun to me especially when Michelle and I were growing up. I didn’t get to spend as much time with her as I would have liked but the time I did was awesome. I remember staying at their house for 1 week when we were kids and I didn’t want to come home. And she always gave me the most beautiful jewelry boxes for Christmas. I hold a lot of memories just like everyone. I am praying for my Uncle Gary and Michelle along with the rest of the family for comfort. Aunt Debbie u were a great woman and will be missed!! Love you!!

  • Bill Sanford Posted January 21, 2020 7:09 PM

    Prayers for your family brother so sorry to hear about this love y’all

  • Angelica Long (Walker) Posted January 22, 2020 9:34 AM

    This is so Heartbreaking, I really can’t believe you gone, I remember every single morning coming into school just needing a hug and you would make my day better, you were such a blessing to all of us children at Bayou Meto! We’ll always have the best memories of you. We will miss you!!! Rest in love and Peace!!

  • Roger and Linda Martin Posted January 22, 2020 11:48 AM

    We are so sorry to hear about Miss Nene (That’s what my family called her). She was one of the sweetest ladies I have known. She was even calm when the ballgame wasn’t going our way! Love and prayers to you Gumpy, Michelle, Cody, and Chelle.

  • Billie I Abbott Posted January 22, 2020 12:59 PM

    So sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Don and Karin Rowlett Tobias Posted January 24, 2020 7:43 AM

    I got the pleasure of meeting Debra. My daughter was with me. We stayed at hers and my cousin Gary house for 3 days. Very sweet woman. I dreamed of frogs for days after we left. So many frogs everywhere.

  • Lisa Cleveland Posted January 24, 2020 11:54 AM

    I was very blessed to know Ms. Debra through Bayou Meto, even if only for a brief time. She is a beautiful soul and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Rachel Varnell Posted January 25, 2020 2:24 PM

    I remember her in elementary school and I also got the priviledge of working at the school while she was still there before she retired. U will be missed greatly

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