Shared by Judy Sowell on June 6, 2019

Where does one begin to describe one's feelings when you have known someone like Rowena and she will no longer be on this earth. She was such a strong vibrant person quite independent for the times. I have known her for most of my life, that giggle she had and the way she'd say Myrne to my Mom. Always ready for anything Ro was a tough little cookie! We were so lucky to have her be a part of our lives. Will miss her dearly, prayers for your family love always Jude

Mama Ro

Shared by Jane Broomall on June 5, 2019

What Can I say?  She helped raise me.  I practically lived at their house growing up.  I remember that she always made me feel good and was happy to see me.  She was extremely patient and understanding.  She would stay with us everyday when we would swim in the pool.  I don't ever remember her saying "No " to us, but she did love tanning by the pool with her romance novels!

  I could go to her for anything and nothing shocked her!  She let Laurie come to Germany to stay with me and that was the best gift ever.

  She was delightful to be around and a really good Mom.  I will miss her terribly as she was such a big part of my life.

  Have a laugh with  my Mutte and rest in peace.

We love you! 


In Honor Of Rowena

Shared by Charles Basham SR. on June 5, 2019

Rowena will surely be missed by a lot of people. We got to know and enjoy her company by attending some of their & our family get togethers at Charlie & Laurie's home. We also attended some live dinner theaters with her & Jerry.

We love & will miss this kind and loving dear lady very much. 

Charlie Sr & Edna 

Shared by Charles Heflin on June 4, 2019

Fond memories of the many years Rowena and I spent together raising our children.  She was a very caring and loving mother as she helped the children through all their happy and sad times.  We shared our grief during a very difficult time when our son, Chuck, passed away.
 Fond memories forever,  Charlie

Shared by Charlie Basham on June 4, 2019

Our beautiful beloved Moo, you have been a part of my life for 27 years and I am so grateful in many ways. First, I am blessed to be married to the oldest of your two lovely daughters, Laurie, who has many of your wonderful traits. This I have learned throughout the years and I couldn't ask for anything more, so thank you for that! Next, it was you, trusting in me, more of a trusting in your daughter, so that you would actually cosign with me so we could purchase our first home... Laurie and I weren't even married yet! Little did we know the love and joy we experienced in that home would later be shared with that homes next owners...your youngest loving daughter and her hubby! And how could I ever forget the birthday party for one of your grandsons at a park when I noticed Laurie walking away, towards another group of family and friends, along side another nicely shaped young woman. I had to ask, "who is that other hottie?" Someone said, dude, that's her Mom! I was embarrassed but also proud and very grateful! You have touched so many people with your caring, loving ways from working at the ARC to our friends and extended family. Mom, I'm forever grateful. You are the only one who could come close to being like my own mother and that's saying a lot in my eyes! See you on the other side of that rainbow one day...


Shared by Kelly Kolenda on June 3, 2019

We loved Aunt Rowena because she was always so generous.  She always remembered everyone. She will be missed and thought of always

Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel

Shared by Cathie Cain on June 3, 2019

Mom LOVED this album when it came out in January 1970...I had just turned 3 and was a very rambunctious toddler!! Mom was attending to her house chores, while I played nearby...she hadn't noticed that I had gotten a hold of her LP. I remember climbing on the back of the sofa holding the record in my hands, and wondered what would happen if I let it go...??? Of course, the record broke, but Mom restrained herself with her reprimand, gave me an 'Oh, Cathie...what did you do?" (something she would say often throughout my life), and calmly went out later and bought another copy. The lyrics to this song, in particular, perfectly exemplifies my mothers ability to comfort and bring people together...her tenacity in regards to this was above all others, and her example is, was, and will always be a driving force in my life <3 

I love you, Moo!! ~ Your Zeepie <3

"When you're weary, feeling small

When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (all)

I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you (ooo)
I'll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind"

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