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Arvona Rolland, 62

Arvona Rolland (Houchin), age 62, of Rockford, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at her home.

She was born July 21, 1946.

Arvona took much pride in her job as a correctional officer with Parkers Lake.

She loved being a mother, and flowers and gardening were her passions. She enjoyed collecting and shopping for treasures, and spending much time creating crafts for her loved ones.

Arvona is survived by her children: Cheryl (David) Heiskary, Faye Houchin, Roberta (Dan) Houchin, and Dawn (Nelson) Houchin; grandchildren: Ashia (Steve), Travis (Jessica), Kevin, Lashonda (Mike), Zach, Miranda, Kayla, Ashley, Justin, Daniel, Aaron, Taryn Samantha, and Jaeden “Tater;” great-grandchildren, Darrion, Donovan and Brian; a sister, Linda Devery; loving friends Terry Peterson, Jeremy Clark, and Allen Wirgau; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends, including Leroy Houchin.

A celebration of her life took place Wednesday Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a time of gathering one hour prior to the service.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com.