Mrs. Rowen was born on February 26, 1915, in Trigg County. She was the daughter of the late Ell and Rosa Bridges Cunningham.
Mrs. Rowen worked as a certified ship bow arc welder in Richmond, Calif. During WWII; and she was a life-time member of the Thomas and Bridges Association of Trigg County.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Jack â€œBobâ€ Rowen in 2004; a son, Theodore James Rowen; two sisters, Myrtie Cunningham Finley, and Maurine Cunningham Creamer; and four brothers, Olive James Cunningham, George Clyde Cunningham, Carmon Aubrey Cunningham, and Earl Wayne Cunningham.
Survivors include two sons, Carmon Ell Rowen and George Wayne Rowen, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; step-sons, Robert Rowen, Jr. of Weaverville, Calif, Fredrick Rowen of Eureka, Calif, Frank Rowen of Eugene, Oregon; and a step-daughter, Sandy Kay Rowen of El Centro, Calif.
Local survivors include several nieces and nephews from Trigg County: Howell Finley, Donna Creamer Carter, Glenn Cunningham, Jimmy Cunningham, Mava Cunningham Brown, Roy Cunningham, and sever others not living in Trigg County, and several local cousins.
Her body will be returned to Eureka, Calif., for burial.