Sail on silver girl ~ Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine...
Bridge Over Troubled Water / Simon & Garfunkel
  • Born on March 25, 1937 in Santiago, South America, Chile.
  • Passed away on May 30, 2019 in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Friend, and Humanitarian, Rowena McCrae Masse who blessed this Earth on March 25, 1937 and transitioned back to Spirit on May 30, 2019. 

It was an honor to have her in our lives, and she will be greatly missed!! Forever she will be in our hearts!

Internment & Celebration of Life for family and close friends: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Internment ceremonies to be held at Gate of Heaven, 13801 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906 @ 1:00 p.m. 

A Celebration of Life will be @ 2:00 The Limerick Pub,11301 Elkin St, Wheaton, MD 20902 ~ there are multiple metered parking lots and a garage 1 block away (cash, coins & mobile app).

Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soda/water will be served, along with Rowena's favorite music and a Scottish bagpipe tribute to honor our beloved Matriarch.

We all know that Rowena valued family & friends above all else, so In lieu of flowers, please contribute a fond memory, anecdote, photo, song, or story you have about Rowena on this website. It was very important to her that we stay connected, and our precious memories of her will create that beautiful bond that she treasured so dearly.

If so desired, monetary contributions in her name should be made to either:

The ARC of Montgomery County


The American Cancer Society

Posted by Kathryn Kolenda on June 11, 2019
Add your tribute text here To my big sister who I will always miss. Your funeral and party were perfect! Rick, Laurie, and Cathie did an amazing job and it is just what you would have wanted. Lots of hugs, kisses, and memories were shared by all. See you later and we'll do lunch. Love, Kathryn/Me2
Posted by Laurie Basham on June 10, 2019
Best Mom Ever! My Hero, My Inspiration! You were always my bridge over troubled waters. My heart hurts like it never has before and the tears feel like they are coming from my heart- they are the overflow of love I have for you and always will. But I didn't loose you at all. I feel you right here and know your loving energy is guiding my and all those you love. Thank you for teaching me how important family is and what it means to love unconditionally. You were beautiful on the outside and now your inside, your soul, is at peace and shining so very strong. I LOVE YOU TO PIECES MOM! I will see you on the other side.
Posted by Kim Gjerde on June 5, 2019
My husband and I had the honor of knowing Ro through her children Laurie, Rick, and Cathie. Even though her life had thrown her curve balls, Ro radiated joy. I loved her spunk and her zest for life. She and her husband Jerry had always been so welcoming to us, making us feel like we are part of her extended family. She will be deeply missed. With love, Kim and Olav Gjerde
Posted by Cathie Cain on June 5, 2019
I just thinking about your Mom and Mrs. Renke hanging outside, Your mom gardening, and I think it was she that brought out Dixie cups with frozen lemonade and popsicle sticks to us little girls once? oh, so long ago... I really never had the chance to truly know her.. but she sure did produced some amazingly talented, *(Chuck) fine, strong children. And Most Especially - you two women/sisters who I love today! X/O Mary D'Amato Emmert
Posted by Paula Donnell on June 5, 2019
In loving memory of Rowena. Rowena has been a special part of my life for more than 25 years. She was the dear mother in law to my brother, Charlie. And mom to my sweet sister in law, Laurie. I will forever cherish the memories of our family get togethers at Charlie and Laurie’s during holidays and various other occasions. Rowena had a kind and gentle spirit which she passed on to Laurie, Cathie and Rick - they are three beautiful souls that Rowena was undoubtedly proud. To the family, we are holding you close in our hearts and we grieve with you. ❤️ Love and hugs from the Donnell family.
Posted by Mary Saffell on June 5, 2019
Rowena was always upbeat. She always had a smile on her face and loved her family dearly. She and her husband Jerry were such a wonderful couple who doted on one another. Rowena's sunny disposition will be missed by us all. I hope she did not suffer. Farewell dear friend and find peace among the angels. We will try to cope with your loss. My husband Peter and send our condolences to her sisters, Margaret and Kathryn and to Jerry and to her children and grandchildren. With love from Mary Saffell and Peter Boyce
Posted by Lauren Stepek on June 5, 2019
Nanny was one of the sweetest women I've ever met. She welcomed me with open arms when I officially joined the family. She always greeted me with a big hug and kiss on the cheek. She has touched so many lives including mine and she will always hold a special place in my heart. RIP Nanny, we will miss you dearly.
Posted by James McCrae on June 3, 2019
Rowena was the best big sister a little brother ever had. Love you forever and will never forget you and all that you did to make me a better person by your loving example.
Posted by Chris Gamble on June 3, 2019
Rowena was one of the sweetest, kindest, selfless, most giving people I've ever had the honor to know. She made me feel like family years before that was legally true and never hesitated to treat me as one of her own when I was struggling through some of my most challenging times. I am forever grateful for her kindness and will love and miss her because of that for the rest of my days. Rowena showed me that altruism is the most rewarding of life's goals as I continue that endeavor long after our ways have parted. I will always hold her spirit of giving as an example of the best that humanity has to offer. Rowena was the best that humanity has to offer. Love you "Moo". Rest in peace.
Posted by John Cummings on June 3, 2019
Hi, Ro was my Mother-in-law while I was married to Laurie, her oldest daughter. She opened her heart to me while my Mom was suffering from Alzheimers Disease. I will always remember her as a kind, wonderful woman. She leaves quite a legacy with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Sincerely, John "Jay" Cummings.

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