Gwendolyn Briggs Rowley

10/21/1922 – 10/26/2015

RowleyGwenMilitaryGwen Rowley Picture 10-26-15Gwendolyn Briggs Rowley passed from this earthly existence on October 26, 2015 at the age of 93. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 21, 1922, to Moroni Laban and Arta Iris Madsen Briggs, and grew up in Ephraim, Utah where she attended Snow College. She worked for Western Union and then joined the Navy WAVES as a telegrapher stationed in Washington, D.C.
She married Ray Rowley from Fillmore, Utah in 1948, and lived there until 2012. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and served many years as an assistant librarian in the Millard Fillmore Library. She also served in the LDS church as a ward Relief Society secretary and as a Primary secretary for 29 years.
Gwen was very patriotic and enjoyed putting on her uniform for special occasions. She was able to participate in an Honor Flight in 2014, and was happy to visit Washington, D.C., especially the Women’s Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, and reminisce about her time there many years ago.
Gwen never learned to drive, and enjoyed walking where she needed to go, and in later years riding her scooter around town. She had a fun sense of humor, a feisty spirit, and was known as a great letter writer, always including lots of news for her family and friends.
She is survived by her 3 children: Daniel Ray (Peggy) Rowley, David Lee (Cathleen) Rowley, Mary Lynn (Robert) Done; 5 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter and sisters Mary Louise Magnusson and Lucille Sondrup. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Robert, Ted, and Gordon and sister Maxine Ruoho.
Thank you to Alta Ridge Assisted Living and Millcreek Home Health for their loving care of Gwen for the past 3 years.
Services will be held on Friday October 30, 2015 at the Fillmore 4th Ward, 330 East 500 South at 12:00 noon, with a viewing on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and prior to services from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Online condolence

4 Responses to “Gwendolyn Briggs Rowley”

  1. Rita Tanner says:

    To the Rowley Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sure there was a sweet reunion on the other side, now that your mom and dad are together. Gwen was a fun lady. She always said just what she thought and we loved her for it. She was always so faithful in all of her church callings. What a great example of enduring to the end. I know she was very proud of her children and grandchildren. I sorry I will miss the funeral. I am serving a mission with my husband in the California San Diego Mission. May the Lord bless you all.

  2. Ellis Peterson says:

    The library provided a window into the world and Mrs. Rowley will always be linked with the joy I find in reading. She will be missed.

  3. Kathy (Briggs) Tormaschy says:

    I enjoyed the time I got to spend with Aunt Gwen. She always had such a special and unique way of telling stories with just a dash of humor. Oh, how I loved hearing the stories.

    May you rest in peace…until we meet again

    Kathy (Briggs) Tormaschy

  4. Robert and Rae Ann Tibbs says:

    Dear Dan, David, and Mary Lynn, We are so sad to learn about your mom’s passing. I hadn’t seen Gwen since Mom passed away. Mary Lynn, we have such sweet memories of being at Utah State together. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for your entire family. I always loved reading Gwen’s letters that she would send to Mom. What an amazing memory she had, and what a wonderful person she was to stay in touch with loved ones. We love you,

    Robert and Rae Ann Tibbs