SANDRA HARRIS "SANDI" ROWE

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SANDRA "SANDI" HARRIS ROWE Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Sandi Rowe passed away on Friday April 15, 2016 after fighting cancer the last few years. Sandi was born on October 17, 1948 in Ipswich, South Dakota to Melvin and Ilene Harris. She spent her first 17 years living her childhood in the small town of Cresbard, SD where her parents owned and operated the family grocery store, Mel's Market, where at the age of 13 she began working doing odd jobs after school, weekends and summers until she graduated from Cresbard High School in 1966 at the age of 17. During her high school days, she most enjoyed the many music activities she was involved with along with her years as secretary of the Methodist Youth Fellowship for her sub district which sent her on many journeys, including a trip to Washington DC, New York, and many other mid-western and eastern states. Sandi attended Northern State College for one year before starting her first job away from home at the First National Bank of Aberdeen. She worked there in various capacities for 5 years before joining her sisters and their families in the state of Washington. While working in her dad's grocery store she knew her destiny was to one day become a secretary. She would pretend to be her dad's secretary in his office when she was in her early teens. Sandi spent one year working at Seattle First National Bank in Kennewick, WA and then for 5 years at the Pasco Chamber of Commerce. After that she spent the next 27 years on the Hanford site where she retired as an Executive Secretary with Fluor Hanford in January 2004 shortly after her 55th birthday when she was able to take early retirement. On December 29, 1978 Sandi married Mike Rowe who worked for the Pasco Fire Department. Following retirement and after losing both of her parents, who had since moved to Washington, Sandi finally started to do some traveling mainly with her former SD friends. She made at least one trip back to SD every spring before the humid weather and mosquitoes set in. Her other trips were outside of Washington state meeting up with friends from SD traveling to many parts of the country. Sandi's favorite past time was her yard and especially planting and caring for her flowers. Sandi leaves behind her husband, Mike Rowe of Kennewick, WA, 2 sisters, Sharlyn Berger of Pasco, WA and Dolores (Jim) Lindgren of Sun City West, AZ, 4 nieces Kim Berger of Pasco, WA, Michelle Ferguson of San Antonio, TX, Missy (Mark) Tiffany and Angie (Steve) Spencer all of Spokane, WA and 6 great nieces and 4 great nephews. She also leaves behind her cousin Michael Harris of Van Nuys, CA who was like a brother to her and nephews Troy Butler and Gene Ferguson. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, brother-in-law Bob Berger and favorite Uncle Dean Harris. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice at The Chaplaincy, 1480 Fowler St., Richland, WA 99352. The family would like you to join them in a celebration of life for Sandi on Saturday, April 23rd, 4:00pm at her sister Sharlyn's home, 3614 W. Octave St Pasco, WA. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 19, 2016