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Shirley Ann Rowell

d. March 14, 2021

Shirley Ann Rowell 84, died March 14, 2021 at Life Care center in Andover, Kansas.  She was born August 6, 1936 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois to Lawrence V and Ila Mae (Whitlock) Hughes.


Shirley was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Sedgwick and a member of the Sedgwick Senior Center where she was instrumental in establishing the foot clinic at the center.  She also was a member of the Red Hat Organization.  She loved young children and greatly enjoyed her time with her children and grandchildren.  She taught 2nd grade Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Knob Noster, Missouri for many years.  She spent most of her working career in Missouri public schools food service.


She could often be found outside working in her garden. She collected birdhouses and watching her favorite birds including Cardinals, Hummingbirds and Butterflies.


Shirley is survived by Children – Marinda Kaye Rowell Francis (Kevin), Lawrence Jefferson Rowell, Gary Waine Rowell and Stephanie Rowell Alderson-Littlejohn (Rick)

9 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren

Sisters Nancy Ham (Richard) and Linda Trowbridge and a bundle of Nieces and Nephews that she loved and cherished very much.


She is preceded in death by Proceeded in death by her parents Lawrence Vernon (Cookie) Hughes and Ila Mae (Whitlock) Hughes. Sister Donna Ford Schuchmann and Son-In-law Joel Bruce Alderson


Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday March 20, 2021 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Sedgwick, Kansas with The Reverend Craig Reynolds presiding.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 22, 2021 at Union Chapel Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.


In Lieu of flowers Memorials in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Sedgwick Lillian Tear Library or Good Shepherd Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 North Main Newton, Kansas 67114




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