XENIA Joan Rowe was born a "Navy Junior" to (then) Lt. G.L. Markle, ChC USN, and Eloise Davis Markle, in Newport, Rhode Island. They lived many places and traveled exten- sivelya life Jody, as she was known to her friends, loved. It meant attending six high schools in three years during WWII, but offered many opportunities and great future sto- ries. At the age of eight, she played a violin solo on the battleship USS Arizona, and at twelve in American Samoa she played the honorary role of village princess, leading twenty young male teachers in their own "Siva Siva" dance and song, dressed in ceremonial fine-mat, rare bird feather dress and boar's tooth necklace. Years and more travels later, as a Navy wife, she ran the bow planes on a 400 ft submarine dive, to celebrate the fleet's Family Day.
She enjoyed all of the arts and many sports. While in college, she qualified as a lifeguard and small craft sailor, and later was a charter member of the California Dressage Society, raised show dogs, and was an equestrian cross-country judge at the Los Angeles Olympics. She took French and Spanish lessons when time permitted, and after retiring, made a solo trip around Europe, including a month of train-hopping dictated only by the whim of the moment. There were memberships in art, history, and music organizations, the Navy League, and the S.P.C.A. She was a member of the DAR, tracing her heritage back to a French offi- cer at the Battle of Hastings.
Jody moved to Carmel almost fifty years ago, after visiting often. Her children went to Carmel schools, and when they were teenagers, she took them on a cross-country trip to Bar Harbor and back, camping at National Parks and monuments en route. She worked nearly twenty years for Monterey County, mostly as a family support officer in the District Attorney's office.
Life's biggest reward? Her quick reply, "My own wonderful family!"
Jody was predeceased by daughter Kristen Cronander (1951-1959), and is survived by her sister, Marilyn Tacker (Joe), daughter Kathryn Neumann (Kurt), sons Mark Cronander (Maria Elena), Christopher Cronander, Jonathan Cronander (Mary), and Jonas Rowe, grandchildren Marcos Cronander, Kristen Goodwin, Audrey Neumann, Kelly Cronander, Rory Cronander, and James Rowe. She did not wish a funeral or cel- ebration. Any memorial gifts should be to the charity of the donor's choice, or the S.P.C.A.