Burial: Oberlin Cemetery
Memorial Funds: Oberlin United Methodist Church and Good Samaritan Society-Decatur County
Visitation: Tuesday from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Wednesday after 8:00 a.m.
In Loving Memory
Rowena Mae Cathcart was born August 29, 1925, to Albert and Maude (Loomis) Lacey at their farm home near Hayes Center, Nebraska. She passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Oberlin, Kansas, at the age of 92.
Rowena attended a country grade school near her family’s farm and graduated from high school in Hayes Center. Her family attended Bethel Missionary Church. Before her marriage, Rowena worked at the McCook Montgomery Ward and McCook Equity, where she met her future husband.
On May 15, 1958, Rowena married Virgil Clarence Cathcart in Oberlin. They resided on the Cathcart Family farm southeast of Danbury, Nebraska, where they raised their two daughters. Rowena was a loving and devoted farm wife, mother and homemaker who took pleasure in helping around the farm and making a home for her family.
Her faith, family and friends were the highlights of her life. Virgil and Rowena were active members of Prairie Chapel Church near their home for many years. They also enjoyed attending activities their girls and grandchildren were involved in, and Rowena liked to keep in touch with her grandchildren and others through letter-writing. She was an excellent cook, enjoyed embroidery work, and took an interest in what was happening around the farm, especially the cattle.
After living on the family farm for almost 35 years, Virgil and Rowena moved to Oberlin. They continued to enjoy their Prairie Chapel community and later became members of the Oberlin United Methodist Church. They also took time to do some traveling.
Rowena is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Carolyn Hackney, of Oberlin, and Joyce and Lynn Rippe, of Danbury, NE; one brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Karen Lacey, of Culbertson, NE; eight grandchildren: Julie Plotts, Leslie Fox (Travis), Amie Burge (Darin), Lorie Kaczmarek (Kevin), Lewis Plotts (Tina), Marie Klee (Rob), Buddy Plotts, and Alyssa Rippe (Cole May); in addition to 20 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil on February 26, 2008; parents, Albert and Maude Lacey; two brothers, Loren Lacey and Donald Lacey (in infancy); and a sister, Alpha Kinsey.