Kathryn (Kitty) Rowley

Kathryn (Kitty) Rowley

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There will be a live stream of the graveside service on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 1 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family and a live broadcast of services may be watched at
Kathryn “Kitty” Rowley, 92, of Orem, Utah, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones.

Kitty was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on December 30th, 1927 to Frederick and Clara (Uebelhoer) Cooper. As a young girl she spent many summers on Lake James with her sister Dorothy. She loved the water and enjoyed swimming, skiing, and all the activities that the lake provided. She graduated from South Side High School in Ft. Wayne.

She raised her five boys in Indiana until she moved to Provo, Utah in 1967. She and her son, Tim, were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 24, 1968. Although a single mother during this time she always found the time to be with her boys, especially taking them on camping and hiking trips, creating many rich and wonderful memories, cherished to this day. She went to work in the Education Department at Brigham Young University. During her time at BYU she took many classes and worked towards a college degree.

In 1972, her son, Ron, passed away, and the following summer she and her two youngest sons went back to Indiana where she met the love of her life, George Rowley. They spent many days with George during their family vacation and he followed them back to Utah, where Kitty and George were married on November 2, 1973.

The family moved back to Indiana in 1975. She loved her job working for Steuben County Council on Aging and devoted her time to assisting the elderly. She worked with seniors to make certain they had access to the assistance and benefits that were available to them and found funding to purchase a bus to help them have the ability to get to the places they needed to go. She was relentless in searching out the services that best met their needs. George and Kitty and their two sons, Tim and Tom, were sealed in the Washington D.C. Temple on July 13, 1979. She served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Stake Relief Society President, Primary teacher, and Relief Society Instructor. She took great satisfaction and joy in her church service.

After moving to Denver, Colorado in August of 1982, she worked at the University of Colorado Medical Center in the office as a health care administrator. She continued her work finding help and services for people in need. She loved her family and she and George always made time for immediate and extended family, including taking their grandchildren on extended RV trips across the country. Spending time with family and friends was one of the most important activities to her.

In fall of the year 2000, she and George began a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois where they primarily served at the Carthage Jail Historical Site. This experience not only brought them great joy in service, but enriched their testimonies of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. After their mission they retired to St. George, Utah where they continued to love and serve friends and family. They enjoyed hosting visitors and showing them the beauty and wonders of Southern Utah.

Kitty is survived by her husband, George, her sons Kenneth Wattier of Lake George, Colorado, Timothy (Jenalyn) Rowley or Orem, Utah, and Thomas (Lorrie) Rowley of Sandy, Utah. She was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy (Jed) Richardson, sons Ron and Don, and her granddaughter Melissa Higbee.

She has 11 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren (with triplets on the way this summer).

Interment will be in Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be offered and memories shared with the family online at
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    Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 1:00pm
    Orem City Cemetery
    1520 North 800 East
    Orem, Utah 84097
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Tom Rowley

Posted at 12:35pm
Mom. I wanted to have a Tree Planted in your memory. You taught me great love for the outdoors & nature. This led me to my career in that field.
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David Kunze

Posted at 02:16pm
Brother Rowley , please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. We share this trial together as I laid my dear sweet Ann to rest Saturday. How grateful we are to know that this separation is only temporary. David Kunze

Wanda Bublik

Posted at 11:39am
I have such fond memories of visiting Kitty with my companion Helga. We could talk for at least an hour each visit for about 4 years. Kitty loved the mission and she served in Nauvoo and told us many precious stories. She was especially fond of the evening spent singing and dancing in the nightly play the missionaries participated in. Not sure George shared her enthusiasm for the dancing part. Kitty was a remarkable woman and I love her dearly.
Wanda Bublik

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