Rowena Wagner died January 24, 2014, at the age of 88. She was born in Wenatchee, married and lived out her entire life in the Wenatchee Valley. Rowena and our dad, Harry Wagner, lived a fun, very hard-working and active life together. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener. Her beautiful garden of flowers spilled over into the gardens of her children and grandchildren, where they still grow today. Our mom put together Easter baskets, filled Christmas stockings, sewed doll clothes and school clothes. Later, when our own children thanked us for family traditions they had enjoyed, we got to tell them, “That came from your Grammie.” In retirement, Rowena and Harry hiked, cross-country skied with friends, took long walks and bicycle rides and motorcycle trips together. They continued to enjoy working together in their yard, swimming and playing with their grandchildren. After Harry died, Rowena went on with her life with a strength and dignity that we all admired. Late in life mom got to know God, finding comfort in his graciousness and his character. In the last weeks of her life, she was surrounded by her family. She met the newest grandbaby and spent time with and said goodbye to her grandkids. Her room was filled with guitar music and laughter, tender care, goofy jokes and she was the center of it all.
We send our deepest thanks to her very kind neighbors and friends who supported and encouraged her. With our greatest respect, we thank the Hospice Care group of Wenatchee and mom’s nurses, Barbara and Claudia, who made it possible for her to finish out her life in her own home in comfort and dignity.
Rowena leaves a large family to carry on her memory, consisting of two daughters, Rhonnie Craven of East Wenatchee and Lynn Wagner of Boise, ID; six grandchildren, Sarah Mace (Jeff Mace), Laura Palm (Justin Palm), Lindsay Craven (Jeff Greenwood), Chelsey Craven, Joanna Shewell (Ric Shewell) and Matthew Craven; and eight great-grandchildren, Garrett, Harrison, Henry and Westley Mace, Molly, James and Graham Palm, and Clementine Shewell.
Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.