Barbara Miller Rowell, 93
St. Petersburg, FL - Barbara Miller Rowell, 93, died at her residence in St. Petersburg, FL on August 3, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband Waldo, her parents, John and Jeanie Miller, and her youngest son Douglas. Barbara was born in Worcester, MA on August 14, 1924 and graduated from Bates College, Clark University and Assumption College.
Barbara began a teaching career by teaching fourth grade in Holden, Massachusetts. She then taught mathematics and later became a guidance counselor at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden. Following their retirement Barbara and her husband Waldo lived in Charlestown, Rhode Island and St. Petersburg, FL. In 1998, they made their permanent residence in St. Petersburg.
Barbara was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, serving as a board member and chairwoman of the Endowment Committee. She had a great affection for her church and her many friends who provided long lasting friendship and support. Barbara volunteered for many years with Waldo in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and as an instructor for the AARP "55 Alive" senior driver education course, and as a docent volunteer at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, FL. She was an avid reader of many genres of books and she was always current with ongoing local and national events. In her later years Barbara embraced photography by taking pictures of her fellow residents at Westminster Palms and sharing them. She produced many collages, calendars, and photographs that were shared with family, friends, and residents of her community.
Barbara is survived her two sons and their spouses, John and Darcy Rowell of Princeton, MA, and Steve Rowell and Trudy Roybal of Westborough, MA; a daughter in law, Elizabeth Rowell of Charlestown, RI; four grandsons, William, Matthew, Adam, and Seth; and six great grandchildren including Katie, Meghan, Anne, Cailin, Connor, and Christina.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Endowment of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 719 Arlington Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; or to the Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation (restricted to Westminster Palms), 80 W. Lucerne Circle, Orlando, FL 32801.
A memorial service is planned for the autumn in St. Petersburg, FL.
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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, 2018.