Rowena Colwell

  • "An important person in my education- I am grateful for her..."
    - Bob Mabry
  • "Ann, I feel as though I knew Rowena through you. When you..."
    - Dot Hedman
  • "During this time of sorrow may you be comforted by Gods..."
  • "Your Mom...with a book, a smile, a funny story, and lots of..."
    - Connie Daniel Montalvo

Jan.10, 1929 - Nov. 4, 2012, wife, mother, grandmother, historian, teacher, librarian, artist, gourmet cook and golfer--passed away on Nov. 4, 2012. Everyone who knew Rowena admired her brilliant intellect, keen memory and quick wit (not to mention her wonderful shrimp creole and oyster dressing.) The world will be a duller place without her. Rowena Burns was born to Jim and Pearl Burns of Luling, Texas. She grew up on a dairy farm, though she spent more time squeezing knowledge out of books than squeezing milk out of cows. She and Pat, her husband of 60 years, lived in Pasadena, Texas, where they reared three children, Al, Amy, and Ann- and lived the kind of happy, middle-class life that the kids would always describe as a mixture of "Ozzie & Harriet", and "Father ( and Mother) Knows Best." They were active at Eastminster Presbyterian and Webster Presbyterian churches, and spent more than 30 years as active Democrats in HarrisCounty. Her favorite role by far was that of grandmother to her "nearly perfect" grandchildren, Taylor and Madeline. Rowena earned bachelor's and master's degrees with honors from University of Houston. In her 25-year career, she taught history and later served as head librarian at Deer Park Junior High, Deer Park, TX. The family spent summer vacations at the family cabin on Ptarmigan Mountain in Dillon, Colorado. Rowena and Pat also traveled extensively through Europe. Following Pat's untimely death in 2008, Rowena moved to Dallas, to be near her daughter, Ann. Rowena was greatly loved by friends and family and will forever be remembered. She is survived by son Al and wife Renee and grandson Patrick Taylor; daughter Ann and husband Chris Tucker and granddaughter Madeline Rowena; and daughter Amy Colwell. She is also survived by sister Flora Clarke. A burial service will be held at Highsmith Cemetery in Luling, Texas. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood or your .

Published on from Nov. 6 to Nov. 19, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Ted Dickey West Funeral Home
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