Evelyn Rowley

Evelyn Rowley

Tuesday, March 15th, 1927 - Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
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Evelyn Fish Rowley, age 92 and resident of Morris for the last 63 years, passed away at her home on 24 September 2019 after a long, debilitating struggle with Parkinson's.

Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, a brother (Roger), and her husband (James). Evelyn is survived by her brother (Ted), her sister (Judy), her children (Jed Rowley, Eileen Nicholas, and Corinne Houle); eight grandchildren (Brittany, Maddy, Brianna, Jackie, Linnea, Kendra, Bridget, and Eddie); and three great-grandchildren (Ava, Oliver, and Nico).

Evelyn was born in her parents' house on the family farm in Southington when East Street was still dirt. She attended a one-room elementary school in Southington and graduated from Lewis HS. Evelyn graduated from UCONN's dairy manufacturing program in 1949. While at UCONN she played women's basketball when it was still a club sport. After graduation, Evelyn worked as a veterinary assistant at the original Mattatuck Animal Hospital, where she met her husband, a deliveryman at the time. Evelyn and her husband after their marriage moved to Morris where they raised three children.

Ever the straight-talking, no-nonsense Yankee, Evelyn was active in the community from the start, participating in Friendly Service, the Salvation Army, the Republican Town Committee, and in many various roles in town government, including a term on the Board of Selectman. She occasionally substituted at the James Morris Elementary School.

Evelyn was a Justice of the Peace and served on the Republican State Central Committee. She sold Memorial Day poppies for the Legion Auxiliary Post 173. For many years she judged dairy products at the Bethlehem Fair. She could drive a team of horses and milk by hand. Evelyn was particularly proud of her substantial role in the creation and early management of the Eldridge Senior Housing facility in Morris. In large part, Evelyn’s life was characterized by an unwavering focus on identifying the right thing to do and then getting it done.

After sustaining her husband through his illness and until being limited by her own, Evelyn was a passionate fan and devoted attendee at UCONN Women's basketball games and attended many Final Four events with her cousin Jim, the Teddy Bear, and her UCONN family.

Evelyn’s family would like to recognize and thank the many tender, helping, and caring hands that assisted her in her illness.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 30, at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 25 South Street, Litchfield. Burial will follow in East Morris Cemetery, Morris. Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, at Thurston Rowe Funeral Home, 283 Torrington Road, Litchfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Evelyn’s memory to the Litchfield County 4-H Foundation. These can be sent to “Litchfield County 4-H Foundation”, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thurston Rowe Funeral Home
    283 Torrington Road
    Litchfield, CT 06759
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Monday, September 30th, 2019 11:30am
    St. Michael's Episcopal Church
    25 South Street
    Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
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  • Interment

    Monday, September 30th, 2019 |
    Monday, September 30th, 2019
    East Morris Cemetery
    East Street
    Morris, Connecticut 06763
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Annette Lombardi

Posted at 11:17am
Sending our deepest condolences to all of you. Evelyn lived her life fully, with love, humor, passion, enthusiasm and her spirited personality. We will always remember our fun times with her, especially at our UCONN Northwest Hills Chapter events and UCONN Women’s BB games! She impacted our lives in ways we will always truly treasure. Most sincerely, Annette & Tony Lombardi, Cape Cod MA

Denise Teddick

Posted at 11:10am
Mrs. Rowley was loved by us. She was an adopted Grandmother to Bryan and Renee. The memories we have of our treasured time with her will remain in our hearts and minds always. My prayers for peace for those who loved her as they heal and for Mrs. Rowley. May she be at peace now rejoined with those she loved. The world will never be the same. Our hearts go out to all of you. We are so sorry.
The Teddick Family

Leah Higgins

Posted at 12:06pm
Our condolences to the family of Evelyn Rowley, a woman whose life reflected her values in physical and mental strength. As former 4-H'ers, we also share those values and remember her best for speaking her mind. In sympathy, Nat and Leah in New Mexico

Dr. Gauvin

Posted at 05:38pm
I want to offer the Nicholas family my sincerest condolences for the loss of your mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Evelyn. Though I only had the pleasure of meeting her once, I could see she was a woman of conviction and great inner strength who raised a wonderful family. I hope knowing that she is at peace brings you all comfort and peace as well.

Michael D. Rybak

Posted at 08:55am
Please accept our sincere sympathy on Evelyn's passing. She was a formidable political figure and a very tough opponent. She was also a force for good in the community and will always be remembered for her dedicated work to create the Morris Senior Center and Eldridge Senior Housing. We will all miss her.
Mike and Diane Rybak

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