ROWENA ISHMAEL

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Aug 20, 1921 - Feb 6, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Rowena Daniel Ishmael, along with her twin brother, Roland Alexander Daniel, was born August 20, 1921, on their grandparents' beautiful farm near Terrell, Texas. She completed a very full life on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at home in Oklahoma City at the age of 91. The daughter of the late John Thomas (J.T.) and Annette (Lowrie) Daniel, growing up, she had two homes, one in Waurika, where her father was a Judge of Jefferson County, and one in Oklahoma City, while her father was serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was a former Speaker of the House. In Waurika, she was known as Dainty, while, in Oklahoma City, she was known as Rowena. She attended Oklahoma City University, where she met her future husband, Don Merrill Ishmael. Don and Rowena were married in Dallas on February 14, 1943, while he was in Dental School. After World War II, they returned to Oklahoma City, where she has made her home ever since. She was an active member of Crown Heights Christian Church for over 55 years. She was a member of a Wednesday Mah Jong Club, a Thursday bridge club, Oklahoma County Dental Auxiliary and P.E.O. sisterhood chapter DP. Rowena and Don would have been married seventy years this Valentine's Day. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her beloved parents; her son-in-law, Cameron Faili; her brothers, J. T. "Tom" Daniel, Jr., Ben Lowrie Daniel, and Roland Alexander Daniel; and her niece, Carol (Daniel) Armstrong Owen. Survivors are son, Dr. Don Richard Ishmael and wife Cheryl, of Nevis, West Indies; daughters: Jane Annette Kermani, of Livingston, TX; and Mary Diane Faili, of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Amy Rebecca Courtney, Richard Warren Ishmael, Reagan Simpson, Daniel Cameron Ishmael, Don Paul Shively and wife Karen, John Thomas (Jay) Shively and wife Lori, Arax Kermani, Alexander Kermani, Julee Kermani and Nina Annette Faili Coerver and husband John; and her 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23rd, Crown Heights Christian Church. Memorials may be made to Crown Heights Christian Church, 4020 N Western, Oklahoma City, 73118; or the .

Published in The Oklahoman from Feb. 17 to Feb. 22, 2013
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