Feb 24, 2012 - StaffE. Joan Rowan, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at her home in Lander.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place with a memorial service to be at a later date.
Emma Joan Maxwell was born March 30, 1939, in Clarksburg, W.V., to Jennings Curtis Maxwell and Edith Caroline (Holiday) Maxwell. She attended schools in West Virginia until the eighth grade, at which time she had to quit and help the family.
She lived in West Virginia, Ohio and Oregon before coming to Lander in 1988.
Her family said Ms. Rowan loved puzzles, puzzle books, soap operas, watching videos and talking with family and friends on the telephone.
Ms. Rowan is survived by her daughters, Nancy Rowan of Lander, Lila Rowan of Oregon and Daisy Adkins of Ohio; sons Jennings Alfred Rowan of Washington and Denzil Rowan of Oregon; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Wilma Vavclair; her ex-husband, John Rowan; and three children she lost at birth.
Memorials in Ms. Rowan's name may be made to the Lander Pet Connection, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.
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