Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


February 14, 2014

Alberta Rowley

Knoxville — Alberta Frances Rowley was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Marion County, on her family farm – south of Donnelly corners, the daughter of John Oscar Glover and Pearl Isabell (Swayne) Glover.

She was raised on the farm and attended country and Knoxville schools.  On June 12, 1945, she was united in marriage to Harold Dean Rowley at the United Methodist Parsonage.  To this union four children were born:  Roger Dean, John Irvin, Connie Jo and Randy Ellis.  The couple raised their family on a farm north of Knoxville.  As a farm wife, Alberta took care of the home, milked cows, and raised beef cattle and horses.  In later years she worked in food service at the Knoxville V.A. and the Maple Buffet.  In her spare time, she enjoyed flower gardening and making ceramics.  She also played cards for years with the Stittsworth, Heaberlin, Rinehart, and the DeVos families.  She was a wonderful mother and loved Christmas with her family, riding horses with the kids and serving as a Girl Scout leader.

Alberta passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 85 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, John and her siblings:  Jerry and Evelyn.

Those left to mourn her passing include her children: Roger (Martha) Rowley of Pleasant Hill, Connie (Oral) Van Sickle of Sac City and Randy (Jackie) Rowley of Knoxville; many grand, great and great-great grandchildren; brothers:  Raymond, Dwight (Teresa) and Dwayne Glover all of Knoxville and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home – Knoxville on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, with Pastor Bob Smith, officiating.  Musical Selections were “Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden”. Casket Bearers were Kevin Rowley, Douglas Houser, Ben Rowley, Alan Rowley, Philip Rowley and  Michael Houser. Honorary Casket Bearer was Issac Rowley. Interment was  in Greenwood Cemetery. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be left at

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