Obituary: ROWE, MARY

Published: Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 a.m. MDT

Mary Alice Pratt Rowe1916 ~ 2012"Home again, Home again . . ."Mary Alice Pratt Rowe, born December 4, 1916 in Burley, Cassia County, Idaho to Sarah Etta Bailey and Leonidas Moroni Pratt passed away on April 15, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri where she had been living for the past two years with her daughter, Deanne and her husband Bob. Previous to that she had lived for fourteen years with her children in Utah. She was 95 years old and, in her own words, "it has been a good life." She was the second oldest of eight children. She attended elementary schools in Canada and Bellingham, Washington and graduated from Meridian High School in 1935. She obtained her teachers certification at Albion State Normal School in Idaho in 1938, and later in life graduated from Western Washington State College, and also attended Brigham Young University. While teaching elementary school in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho she met Delos Allen Rowe and they married on July 22, 1941, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. After living in Oakland, California for two years they moved to Bellingham, Washington, where they raised their family, raised turkeys and chickens, and served faithfully in the Bellingham Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She returned to teaching again after the death of their youngest child, Lorette. She taught elementary and middle school in Pocatello and Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, and in Bellingham, Washington. She loved teaching, counseling, teaching art, coaching the then noted Meridian Drill Team, and being a librarian in Meridian School District for many years. She cared for her students individually. After retiring from teaching in 1976 she spent the next 20 years caring for and traveling with Delos, doing artwork, genealogy, temple work, and sharing his love for horses and golf. She had a passion for doing and teaching genealogy and with Delos traveled the country doing research. They served together for many years in the Mesa Arizona, Seattle Washington, and London England LDS Temples. Her children and grandchildren were her daily joy following Delos's passing in 1991. She is preceded in death by her husband Delos, her daughter Lorette, one granddaughter Trenna, and two great granddaughters Autumn, and Amberlyn, as well as three brothers, Marvin, Joe, and Chuck Pratt, and two sisters Audrey Jones and Mildred Sandvik Poulsen. She will be greatly missed by her children and their spouses: Bruce and Sandra Tomila Rowe, Boise, Idaho; Mark and Paula Taylor Rowe, Orem, Utah, currently in New Zealand serving an LDS mission; Deanne and Bob Johnson, St. Louis, Missouri; and Glenn and Melody Carr Rowe, South Jordan, Utah; 34 grandchildren; 81 great grandchildren; and her brother Wally Pratt and sister Jean Poulsen. We are sure that her advice to those of us she has left behind would be, "family is everything" "I guess you'll just have to pray a lot" and "carry on, carry on, carry on!" What a glorious reunion she is surely having with Dad (Dos) and Lorette, and all those other Rau's, Bailey's, and Pratt's she grew to know and love so personally through her genealogical research and who surely love her for keeping their stories alive in the hearts of their descendants. With her memory now clearly restored, imagine what stories she is telling all of them about her adventures here with us in this life. We have so much missed being able to tap into those wonderful memories here during these past many years, but will never forget hearing all the poems and piano tunes that seemed to stay in her memory: "Home again, home again, dancing a jig" "The lady in Red" "I'm a nobody, are you a nobody too?" "And here we have Idaho" "What did Ida hoe my boys" "March Militaire" and all the LDS Hymns! We miss you mom, but promise we will keep the stories, songs, and poems alive from generation to generation. We will not break the link of faith. A special thanks to Paula, Deanne and Bob, Melody, and Sandy for their patient and loving attentiveness to mom during the last fifteen years and to St. Anthony's Hospice in St. Louis, especially Krissy and Lisa. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 20th, at 1:00 p.m. in the Ferndale Second Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5800 Northwest Rd, Ferndale Washington, under the direction of Safe Harbor Funeral Services. Interment will be in Greenacres Cemetery, Ferndale, Washington. Donations may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (http://pef.lds.org)