John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Remember the reunion, on the 3rd of AUGUST, 1959. The tentative place is the North Park of Provo, Utah. There are activities planned for every age group. Come and enjoy it with everyone. There will be more details in the next issue of the paper.


John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

The following is just a closing thought, a poem which was written on the funeral program.


To close the eye, to fall asleep,
To draw a labored breath,
To find release from daily cares
In what we know as death….

In this crowning of a life,
The aim or end thereof?
The totaled sum of consciousness,
The ripened fruit of love?

It cannot be, for works of God
Are wrought for nobler ends,
An those away continue on
in the hearts of kin and friends.

It cannot be, for they live on
A little step away
The soul, the everlasting
Has found a better day….

-O. J. Hanson

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

Two very beautiful poems were also read at her funeral and we would like to print them here.


Near a shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding its sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall,
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength,
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length,
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before;
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve,
And make our courage faint or fail?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive:
The rose still grows beyond the wall.

Scattering fragrance far and wide,
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will for evermore.

by A. L. Frink

The next poem was read by Brother L. W. Nalder

“She always learned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate!

“And tho’ we mocked her tenderly
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe
Because she waited there!

“Her thoughts were all so full of us–
She never could forget;
And so I think that where she is
She must be watching yet.

“Waiting ‘till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late —
Waiting from Heaven’s window,
Leaning from Heaven’s gate!

John Rowley and Sarah Wright Family Messenger

The following is the obituary which was read at her (Mary Ann Jones Rowley) funeral by her granddaughter, LaJoann Nicolson.

“My grandmother, Mary Ann Jones Rowley was born February 16, 1884 in Brighton, Utah to George Crump Jones and Elizabeth Ann Barnes. She moved with her family to Shelley, Idaho at the age of two.

At the age of eleven, her mother passed away and she went to live with the Jane Paul Rowley family. When she was nineteen she married Royal James Rowley, youngest son of Jane Paul Rowley, on December 13, 1903 at Blackfoot, Idaho.

They made their home in Idaho Falls and then Shelley, Idaho. She was loved and repeated by everyone who knew her.

She often went out sitting all night with the sick, with never a thought of refusing when her help was needed. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

For a number of years she served as an active Relief Society teacher, in both the First and Second Wards in Shelley.

She dearly loved flowers and won several prizes for beautiful flowers.

She has been in ill health for several years, with sugar diabetes and heart trouble.

Her sister stayed with her and Royal for several years and then she was taken to the children’s home.

Six weeks ago, while visiting her daughter, Edna at Burley, Idaho she had her first attack (diabetic attack) which resulted in a coma.

Since then, she has been in and out of the LDS Hospital at Idaho Falls until the time of her death, March 27, 1959.  She failed to recognize anyone the last four days, after her last stroke she was paralyzed.

(The conclusion of this obituary is a repeat of the newspaper article, vis; listing her sons and daughters, etc.)

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The following is an article which appeared in an Idaho newspaper upon the death of Mary Ann Jones Rowley, beloved wife and mother and relative.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ann Rowley, who died Friday at an Idaho Falls hospital, were held Monday at the Third Ward LDS Church with Bishop Thales Leavitt presiding,

Services were as follows: Prayer at home, Roy Stoddard; prelude and postlude music, LaJune Skoy; invocation, Arthur Parker; speakers, Waid Young, L.N. Nalder and Bishop Leavitt; benediction, Joseph Wheeler.

LaJean Nicholson gave the obituary.

Musical numbers were: “That Wonderful Mother of Mine”, Goshen Ward Singing Mothers and Duets, “In the Garden” and “Oh My Father”, Roderick and Louise Millar.

Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery with Pres. F.H. Davis dedicating the grave. Nalder’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were: LaNare Gillette, Rudale Steffler, Kay Rowley, Cleo Gardner, LaMar Day and William Bryant.

Flowers were under the direction of the Third Ward Relief Society and the family.

Mrs. Rowley was born, February 16, 1884, in Brighton, the daughter of R. Elizabeth Ann Barnes and George Crump Jones. The family moved to Shelley when she was two years old and she had lived in this area since.

She was a member of the LDS Church and was married to Royal James Rowley, December 13, 1903 in Blackfoot. Besides her husband, she is survived by five sons and five daughters:

Jess Rowley, Roseburg, Oregon; Mrs. Joseph (Mae) Wheeler, Clearfield, Utah; Nickolas Rowley, Lakewood, California; Thomas Rowley, Ogden, Utah; Mrs. Roy (Jane) Stoddard, Shelley; Mrs. Edwin (Nellie) Walker, Gilroy, California; Curtis Rowley, Compton, California; Mrs. Ellis (Edna) Gillette, Burley, Idaho; Mrs. Frederick (Lois) Steffler, Idaho Falls; Jay Rowley, Shelley.

She is also survived by 32 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Jack Jones, Shelley and Nephi Jones, Salt Lake City; and one sister Betty Thorndykeson, Los Angeles, California,

Relatives and friends who came to attend the funeral services included: Mr. & Mrs. N. P. Rowley, Lakewood, California; Curtis Rowley, Paramount, California; Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Rowley, Mrs. Lawrence Kelson and Mrs. Robert Hopkins, Ogden, Utah.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wheeler, Clearfield, Utah; Mr. & Mrs. Ellis Gillette and family. Mrs. Ed Walker and Jay, Gilroy, California. Mrs. Art Nicholson and sons, Sandy, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Latier Day and family; Mrs. Dean Kipp and son, Layton, Utah.

Thomas Kay Rowley and Linda and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Rowley and family, Pocatello, Idaho.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rowley (Lillian Alcorn) and sons, Bountiful, Utah; Verda Murphy, Chinook, Montana and George Galloway, Salt Lake City.

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Reported by, Jane Stoddard

Great grandchildren born in 1958 to Royal James Rowley and Mary Ann Jones.

A daughter was born to Gerald and Violet Johnson Gardner, July 1958at Idaho Falls, Idaho. Gerald is the son of Nellie Rowley Walker. Nellie is the daughter of Royal James Rowley and a granddaughter of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Steven Lester Gardner, a son born to Captain Deloy and Rea Pearson Gardner, 15 December 1958 at Hampton, Virginia. Deloy is the son of Nellie Rowley Walker, and a great-grandson of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Dennis Glen Clifford, a son born to Glen and Jean Steffler Clifford, 15 March 1959 at Idaho Falls, Idaho. John is the daughter of Lois Rowley Steffler and a great-granddaughter of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

Deloy Gardner has been recently advanced to the rank of Captain in the Air Force in Hampton, Virginia. He is the son of Nellie Rowley Walker. Grandson of Royal James Rowley and a great-grandson of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

LaJenne Stoddard Nicholson and 3 sons of Sandy, Oregon were guests at the home of her parents, Roy and Jane Rowley Stoddard, for a week. She came from the funeral of her grandmother, Mary Ann Jones Rowley. She is the great-granddaughter of John T. Rowley and Jane Paul.

The mother of this reporter, Mary Ann Jones Rowley passed away Friday, March 27, 1959, on Good Friday. She was the wife of Royal James Rowley. We are all grieved at her passing, as we loved her very much. She was the mother of 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters, 32 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren. One grandson preceded her in her death. All of her sons and daughters were home for her funeral, except one, Jess. It was the first time we had all been together in 30 years.

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Reported by Luke and Marjorie Day

We are very proud to announce the arrival of our second grandchild and our first grandson. He was born on Thursday, April 23, 1959 to Clark H. Day and Darlene Huff Day in Provo, Utah. He was a husky little boy, weighing in at 9 lbs. 3oz. He is the second child for the couple, who have a daughter Valynn.

Eldra Day Moulton is now at her home in Springville, convalescing from an operation performed recently at the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. Her daughter, Zithora Underwood, came from Salt Lake to spend a week caring for her mother.

Lillian Lambertson and husband, Otto, were in Salt Lake City recently. Lillian is still under treatment from her doctor.

Keith Lambertson, youngest son of Otto and Lillian, is now stationed in Berlin, Germany with the U.S. Army.

Carol Lambertson has had a tough fight with the flu bug recently, but is feeling much better. Carol is now working in Provo.

Rollan Day’s wife, Gertrude, made a trip to California in February to visit friends and relatives.

Luke and Marjorie Day and son, Ralph were in Fillmore in March. They visited friends and relatives; they went to Meadow to see sister Fern and her husband, Angus Stewart.

Easter weekend guests at the home of the Stewarts were, daughter, Ellamay Shephard and four young sons.

Clark Day, accompanied by three other young men of Springville, drove to Ely, Nevada. A trip through Lehman’s Caves was enjoyed by the foursome.