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Sophie S. Rowan, 91, of Tygart Center in Fairmont, formerly of Wise Street in Baxter, passed away early Thursday afternoon in the health facility.
She was born April 13, 1926, in Pennsylvania, daughter of Paul and Anna Smerka.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Burl Rowan, in 1992.
She was a graduate of Morgantown High School. Mrs. Rowan was a mother and housewife in the Marion County area.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Gary and Gloria Rowan of Morgantown; a daughter and her husband, Diana and James Townsend of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Gretchen and Jacob Mapel of Morgantown, Garrett and Ashley Rowan of Morgantown, Crystal and John Perry of Rivesville, and Jeffrey and Mona Townsend of Kingwood; six great-grandchildren, Jeffery Townsend Jr., Maya Townsend, Colton Perry, Margaret Mapel, Hannah Mapel and Addison Rowan; a sister, Julie Hanlan of Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, John Smerka; and four sisters, Mary Lord, Pauline Jimmie, Margaret and Anna Smerka.
Family and friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and 11 a.m-1 p.m. Monday at Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper Street, Rivesville. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Tammy Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown.
Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on June 4, 2017
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