Hope M. Rowe

June 08, 1942 ‒ December 29, 2017

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Cardington, Ohio

Hope M. Rowe, age 75, of Marion, OH. died peacefully on Friday, December 29, 2017, at Marion General Hospital surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness.

Hope was born on June 8, 1942 in Philipsburg, PA, the tenth of eleven children of the late Howard M. and Cora Olive (Gaines) Moore.  She graduated from Clearfield High School, Clearfield, PA.

After graduation, Hope enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army.  During that time she met her husband to be, Alvis “Al” Rowe.  They were married soon thereafter on March 16, 1962. Together  they had seven children, and after several moves eventually made their home in Cardington, OH.

Wanting to make the best life for her family, Hope went back to school to become a licensed practical nurse and later moved to Marion in 1992.  She worked at East Lawn Manor in Marion for twenty plus years until her retirement.

Hope enjoyed dancing and listening to all types of music, everything from 50’s doo-wop of her teen years to music from today.  Another favorite for Hope was reading a good book, especially biographies.

Despite the times she was raised in, Hope was a very modern and progressive woman.  Strong willed and independent, she wasn’t afraid to share her opinion on any matter.  She also had dry funny wit about her, always keeping you on your toes.

Most important of all to Hope was her children, who she always made her number one priority and wanted the very best for all of them.  She shared her wisdom, always preaching “being happy” and following their heart’s desires.  She also enjoyed traveling across the country to visit her family and friends, wherever they were.

Left to cherish her memory are her six children: Pamela Rowe Squibb, Jeff (Lisa) Rowe, Wayne (Sandra) Rowe, Laura Rowe Davis, Scott Rowe, and Andy (fiancé Vundea Putnam) Rowe; 15 grandchildren: Jason (Earlene) Rowe, Matthew Squibb, Tony (Madison) Rowe, Samantha (Jared) Arnold, Tommy and Tyler Rowe, Kaitlin, Reagan, and Riley Rowe, Jacob Davis, Brandon and Cody Rowe, and Alisha, Matthew, and Zoe Rowe; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way; two siblings: LeRaye Maxine Cole and Melvin Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Hope was preceded in death by her son, Alvis H. Rowe Jr.; a great-grandson, J.T. Rowe; four brothers: Kenneth “Buck”, Aaron “Bunch”, Carl “Gil”, and Emmett “Boyd” Moore; four sisters: Erma Kanouff, Cecil Moore, Bernice Davis, and Ethel Frank; and her former husband, Alvis H. Rowe.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion, OH.  Services honoring her life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, with Pastor Jim Stauffer officiating.  Burial will follow in Glendale Cemetery in Cardington, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Rd, Dublin, OH 43017.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Hope’s family and your thoughts can be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Hope was a very kind and caring nurse. We went to nursing school together, and later worked together. So sorry for your loss.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Rowe family. My God bless you and give you peace. My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family.

  • From myself and my family please know that we are so sorry to hear of hope’s passing. Aunt Cora and my mom Isabel Moore were sisters and very very close. We used to spend a lot of time at aunt cora’s and back in the day had wonderful times at reuinions and family gatherings. Hope was a beautiful lperson and I am sure her family will surely miss her. My heart goes out to them and my cousin Maxine. I know they were very close. Sending love from our family to yours and pray you make it through this very difficult time. May God Bless you and give you strength. I am sending a special word of sympahty from my sister Shirley also, who knew hope even more than me back in the day. However, all my family loved aunt cora’s family like I said my mom and her were very very close. Now they are close in heaven and hope I am sure is with them and the other familly members who have passed. May God watch over all of you.
    with loving thoughts
    Lois Moore, Shirley Askey and the rest of the Moore family.

  • My heart feels so heavy today, seeing all of the memories shared by people who knew Hope and her family, and sharing their grief at the loss of this dear person. She inspired me in so many ways just from knowing her and spending time with her. She was funny and tough and unshakable and I feel honored and privileged to have known her. She was a beautiful soul and had a way of making you believe in yourself…it was pretty amazing actually. The more I think about her the more I remember how much I will miss her.

    I worked with her at ELM and she was pretty tough to work for. She didn’t have time for slackers or people who didn’t take their job seriously, as she did. I thought at first that she didn’t like me, but eventually realized she was tough on you when you needed it and a supportive and caring teacher when she felt you were worth it. I learned so much from her.

    We remained friends over the years and had a lot of fun times together, in many different settings. One time a bunch of us friends made plans to go out to dinner and then drinks and dancing afterwards…or so I thought lol. In fact Hope had tricked me into meeting them at a place that had Karaoke that night. I was ok with that until they called my name to sing after the next person. I tried so hard to talk my way out of it because I was terrified but I had made the mistake of telling Hope how much I loved to sing but was too afraid to do it because I just couldn’t get up in front of people for fear of failure. She told me that since it was a place that I didn’t usually go to, if I hated it or was as terrible at it as i was afraid I was, I never had to see those people again! It was very hard to argue with her logic so I did it, and it was not so bad…lol! It was hard to breathe at first but after I caught my breath I loved it and after the 2nd song I was in my groove. I would have never done that without the loving support of my friends and the not-so-gentle push from my good friend Hope…she was an amazing woman and the world suffers without her in it.

    My profound sympathies to her family and friends at this time of sorrow and loss. You are not alone… Love you, Lady! Now I know another Angel in Heaven…

  • I did not know know Hope very well , but she was a great Grand Mother to my Niece’s. May her soul rest in peace with my Mom Grandma Betty, as they watch over the grandkids! RIP Hope!

  • My most heartfelt love to your family. I had only met “Laurie and Wayne’s mom” a few handful of times when we were young. But I know a lot about her and her tremendous work ethic and love for her family through their words and stories. She accomplished the most wonderful and important goal of all- which was to raise a beautiful group of humans to do tremendous things in this life. I see Hope in the physical faces of her children and also through their caring, funny, smart souls. I would thank her for giving me those people in my life. With which to love, ponder the hard things and sing crazy songs. With which I have had some of the best memories of my youth and adult life. Peace be with you all. -Chris (Chrissa- whatever you want to call me. It all works)

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I regret I won’t be able to make the services but please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Carol Corona

  • My Aunt Hope was my true kindred spirit. We usually say what we think and be damn the consequences. We had dinner together a few months ago. She spent the day with me and worried about me sometimes more than my own parents. She was so kind, loving, and truly was a blessing in my life. We talked about a lot of things and we were going to fight like hell to beat cancer because we have done this before. This shouldn’t of happened to you. It is so unfair. I know you have earned your wings. I know you are in heaven with Gram and now I have 2 angels cheering me on. Please dance,sing as much as you want. I will miss you but the phone message you left me before surgery I will treasure all my life. I will continue to talk to you on my drives to and from work, treatments etc. I will also keep in contact with your children. I know you wanted that too. See you again one day. Until we meet again my favorite aunt. I love all of you. May God comfort your family during this horrible time. I will continue to pray for them. All my love.