|Birth: ||Aug. 4, 1926|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 2011|
From the Monahans News Thursday October 27, 2011
Friends Mourn Loss of Maxine Rowin
by Paula Bard..Staff Writer
The sudden death of Maxine Rowin, 85, took Monahans residents by surprise. Maxine went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 25, 2011, but she will long be remembered with a smile by her many friends. She was a tiny little woman, and her feisty personality certainly made her one of a kind. Through their sadness, her family's sentiment is, "We will never know how such a big heart fit in such a little lady. She will be missed more than words can say."
It seems everyone in Monahans knew Maxine on some level. She never missed an event, whether it was the Red Hat Society, a fundraiser, or a parade, she was involved. Maxine always had a smile and a hug for everyone. She enjoyed life and never wasted a minute of her time on this earth.
She was an artist who participated in numbberous art shows throughout the years. She attended countless craft and antique shows, where, according to her family , she often came home with more than she took. Not only did she paint, Maxine was a very talented doll maker.
As a longtime member of Tau Lambda Study Club, Maxine created a special doll each year to be raffled off as a moneyt making project for the Club. To many in Monahans, she was known simply as the 'Doll Lady'. She also crocheted, and in her home, there are nuberous collections of various items, including Arrow Heads. Her home was always well kept and had the feel of a small museum. Maxine could identify each item, its age and where it came from.
Maxine studied with the late Harry and Opal Mattlin to learn the skills of 'clowning', which she used to entertain groups all over the country. She loved nothing better than dressing in her clown attire and heading off to entertain a group. "I clown every chance I get...I've always liked to make people smile and just share with others," Maxine was once quoted.
Maxine loved music, travel, dancing, playing cards with friends, and being with family. She was regular at the Monahans Senior Citizens Center and was always eager to be front and center playing her stump fiddle in the Senior Citizens Band or performing in the annual Senior Review.
Maxine had an uncompromising faith. Her church family was very important to her, and she was proud to be charter member of Southside Baptist Church. She filled her days helping others. Whether it was delivering Meals On Wheels, helping out a friend in need, or performing as 'Too-Too' the clown, she was always giving of herself.
Maxine was born August 4, 1926 in Bristow, Oklahoma to Blanche Mae and William Jefferson Williams. She was raised in Union Grove, Texas by Bertha and Bill Williams. She and her late husband of 52 years, John Travis Rowin, planted roots in Monahans in 1953 and raised their family here.
To her family, Maxine was loving Wife, Mom, Grandma and friend. Maxine will be missed, but she'll never be forgotten. Funeral services were held at 11 am Thursday, October 27, at Southside Baptist Church in Monahans with Brother Craig Rhoton officiating. Burial followed in Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Harkey Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John Travis Rowin; her brothers, Andy Williams and Freddy Carver; and a sister, Dorothy Kuykendall. Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Hartman and husband Randal of Bakersfield and JoAnn Stewart and husband Jim of Arlington; her sisters, Charlene Cook and Pat Valentine; six grandchildren; multiple nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Monahans Senior Citizens Center or Southside Baptist Church.
John T Rowin (1918 - 2003)
Monahans Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Sue Pittman McPeak
Record added: Oct 27, 2011
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