Stephanee Jane Rowbury June 22, 1967 - Dec. 27, 2011 Stephanee Jane Rowbury, an event coordinator, who dazzled people with her charm, died on December 27, 2011 in Boise, Idaho with family and friends at her side. She was born in Boise, Idaho on June 22, 1967 to Nora Ward Beer and L. Joe Rowbury. Stephanee battled breast cancer since 2008. In addition to Boise, Stephanee had roots in Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania, Austin, Texas and San Diego, California where she developed deep and very rich relationships with all those she touched and grew to know. Stephanee had a unique gift to milk every ounce of happiness out of each and every moment and those who lived in those communities will forever remember her uncanny ability to always be happy and to live life to the fullest, even in the face of a very tough and painful battle with cancer. Stephanee is survived by her parents, her step-father, Stephen L. Beer, her sisters, Kimberly Lin Kenny (Jeff), Jennifer Jo Miller (Terry), and Jennifer Anne Beer O'Keefe (Jason), her brothers, Ryan Rowbury (Kacie) and Christopher Neff. She loved children of all ages and is survived by her nieces, Tyler Kenny, Josie Rowbury, and Addison O'Keefe and her nephews, William Kenny, Maxwell Kenny, Brody Rowbury, Benjamin Stephen Hines, and Parker Michael O'Keefe. Her maternal grandfather ,B.L."Sonny" Ward, several aunts and uncles also survived her as well as her special friend, John Grapperhaus, who gave her hope when little was to be had. Stephanee was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Betty Ward, and her paternal grandparents, Sherwin and Kathryn Rowbury, and her brother, Matthew Stephen Beer. Special thanks to her "Core" group, Dalynn Appleton, Kristin Myers, Sarah Fendley, Celena Jones, Mitzi Briggs, Chelsey Adams, Jennifer Jo Miller and her Uncle Joe Ward, who cared for her during her final fight. Jill Winschell and Dr. William Kreisle of MSTI provided excellent care to Stephanee and her family. Donations to St Luke's Pediatric Oncology Foundation would be a nice way to remember Stephanee. A viewing will be held on Friday, December 30, at Summers Funeral Home (1205 W. Bannock), between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 31, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Cathedral, with a celebration of her life to occur at the Stagecoach after the service.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Dec. 30, 2011.