Rosa Elizabeth Newman Rowe

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Rosa Elizabeth Newman Rowe born June 29,1912 went to sleep in Jesus August 17,2014 at the age of 102. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Coatsworth and Dovie Justus Newman, her husband Robert Lee Rowe, a daughter Alice Allen Jones, a great-granddaughter Stella Wilkie, a sister Ethel Mason Lynn and a brother Leonard Newman.
Mamaw, as she was affectionately called by everyone, is survived by 50 blood relatives: four children, 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and four great great-grandchildren, as well as by 19 in-laws. Her sons- and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in-law all feel blessed and honored to become part of her family by marriage.
Her children and grandchildren are: Alice Jones (James and Byrd) and children Fred, Archie and Lisa; Cathy Wilkie (Gene) and children Jeff and Bryce; Betty Adams (Dennis) and children Holly and Heidi; David Coatsworth Rowe (Barbara) and children Bonnie, Becky, David Jr., Debbie, Curtis and Jonathan; and Edward Lee Rowe (Susan) and son Allen.
Rosa was the great-granddaughter of Jonathan Newman, one of the three men giving the 100 acres of land for our county seat. She herself was a native of Henderson County, as her great-grandfather, Jonathan moved his family to Henderson County in the 1860s. However she loved to visit Polk County.
When son David and wife Barbara and children Debbie, Curtis and Jonathan and nephew Archie bought property and moved to Green Creek in 1984, Mamaw and her husband Robert visited often. They especially loved our warmer winter weather and were amazed at how early a garden could be planted here. Many of her birthdays were celebrated in Green Creek on the lawn of the Rowe Farm. One thing Mamaw always got at these parties was a golf cart ride to see the garden. She wanted to see what vegetables were ready to pick and what color of irises were blooming. Gardening was her passion.
It is hard to believe such a tiny little 90-pound lady could leave such a big hole in our family. However, we know she was tired and has earned her rest. Her final resting place is in the Dunlap Cemetery off Brookside Camp Road in Hendersonville. She is resting within 0.2 of a mile from the property where she was born in a little log cabin, where she and Robert built their home and raised their children and within sight of the very house where she saw her husband for the first time.
All that we as a family can now do is remember at least one of her attributes that we loved about her and carry it on in her place. Be it kindness, patience, unconditional love, a helping hand, fairness, etc. her influence for good can live on through us.
For now, we can only not say goodbye but goodnight, as we know she is sleeping safe in the arms of Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18: For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

– Obituary submitted
by Barbara Rowe

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