She was born Nov. 15, 1933, in Montgomery County to the Rev. Noah J. Underwood and Edna Ward Underwood of Blacksburg.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband Robert V. Rowland of Philadelphia; and her brother, Cecil Underwood of Blacksburg.
Naomi is survived by her son, Louis Gibson Whitlock and daughter-in-law Kathryn of Blacksburg; her brother, Bobby Underwood and his wife, Jenny, of Christiansburg; and her brother, Tommy Underwood and his wife, Lori, of Tacoma, Wash.; and her loving close friends who were like family: Patti, Irv, and Nicole Loun.
She leaves many nieces and nephews; wonderful friends, neighbors and an amazing church family that she dearly loved and appreciated. She was a gentle person who showed kindness to all. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Growing up in Blacksburg, Naomi worked for the National Bank of Blacksburg for many years. Later, as she continued working in the financial field, she met and married Robert Rowland. Together they enjoyed many friends, their church family, and traveling throughout the world.
They often opened their home to all the children and families in their community for swimming parties and get-togethers. Naomi regularly hosted Christmas parties for her co-workers and all their children. She was a grandmother to many children.
Naomi was a voracious reader and had a large library. She stayed active and enjoyed her pets and watching professional baseball and football games, as well as solving computer puzzles for fun. Most of all, she loved the people in her life, and they loved her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Naomi’s service will be held at 11 a.m., at Crossway Community Church, 3805 Mill Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 followed by her burial at Hillside Cemetery, 2556 Susquehann Road, Roslyn, PA 19001.