Doris Rowan, 93 - January 04, 2014Doris Grace (Malcom) Rowan, 93, of Gothenburg passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services will take place at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow the service at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
A visitation will be conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 7 p.m.
Rowan was born Feb. 3, 1920, in rural Custer County to Ernest and Mary (Anderson) Malcom. She grew up on a Custer County farm and attended Grade School 225 in Custer County.
She also attended Redfern Table School in Custer County and then Cozad High School.
On Nov. 9, 1937, she married Walter Rowan at her parents’ home in Custer County. To this union, three children were born.
Rowan and her husband farmed for a few years in Custer County and later moved to a farm northeast of Gothenburg, where they raised their family.
Following her husband’s death, she moved to Gothenburg where she resided and worked at Parkview Villa that was owned and operated by her son, Bob.
Her first loves were her husband and family, according to family members. She always put her children above anything.
Rowan attended the Church of God in Cozad where she was an member. She served as the church pianist for numerous years, was a youth group leader, a Sunday School teacher and served as president of the Women of the Church of God.
She loved church hymns, family said, and she and her husband would often sing for funerals and other events.
?Rowan was also active in her community making quilts and afghans. She belonged to the PVC and Women’s Extension Clubs in the Gothenburg community. She was also very active in helping her son operate Parkview Villa. She was known as “the Boss” and helped until the age of 87.
She enjoyed playing Rook, and would stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing with friends and family, said family members.
Rowan was preceded in death by: her husband, Walter Rowan in 1986; five brothers—Arvin Malcom, Walter Malcom, Robert Malcom, Alvin Malcom and Glen Malcom.
Survivors include: her two sons—Bob (Jean) Rowan of Omaha and Ted (Linda) Rowan of Jeffrey Lake near Brady; her daughter, Katherine (Chuck)Belden of Gothenburg; nine grandchildren—Bruce Lambertus, Rick Lambertus (Jody Haughs), Lisa (Lambertus) Harris, Tamara (Belden) and Todd Ekart, James (Ashlee) Belden, Kirk Rowan, Kristen (Rowan) and Jarred Rickertsen, Michaela (Rowan) and Murray Fletcher, Nicole Rowan (Brian Putnam), David (Jennifer) Rowan Starr; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Paul Malcom; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Central Plains Home Health & Hospice, 300 E. 12th St., Cozad, NE 69130 and Parkview Villa.
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