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Nancy Marie Rowley

October 9, 1952 — May 27, 2022

Nancy Marie Rowley, 69 years of age, was born October 9, 1952 in Manhattan, Kansas.  On May 27, 2022, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, she went to her heavenly home.  Her family was at her side.

The daughter of Louise and Woodrow Kobiskie, she grew up on the farm north of McFarland, Kansas.  She loved to dress up and play with her kitties.  She was baptized and confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ in Alma, Kansas.  She attended McFarland Grade School in McFarland and attended and graduated from Alma High School in Alma with the class of 1970.  After high school, she lived and worked in Topeka.  Later, she married Gary Edwin Rowley, August 18, 1973 at Peace United Church of Christ in Alma.  They lived and farmed in the Chalk area west of Eskridge, Kansas, raising their four children there.

Nancy was creative and artistic working with ceramics and numerous craft and sewing projects in her free time.  She enjoyed collecting miniature tea sets, unique dolls, crosses and angels, and anything to do with cats.  She recently became “grandmom” to fur babies Chloe and Rosie and enjoyed spending time with them.  She also loved to garden.  In addition to working hard on the farm, she worked many years as a CNA at the Eskridge Care Facility, caring for residents with love and compassion.  She was very supportive of her family as she attended as many of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities as she could.

In 2019, she and Gary sold the farm and moved to Council Grove, Kansas.  She continued, along with Gary, to mow cemeteries in the Chalk area.  They also worked at White Memorial Camp near Council Grove for the past 5 years.  She and Gary enjoyed traveling on bus tours to different states.

Survivors include her husband Gary of the home; her sisters Betty (Dennis) Friesen of Herington, Kansas and Shirley (Rodney) Robertson of Altus, Oklahoma; her brother John (Sheryl) Kobiskie of Manhattan, Kansas; her daughters Christina (Matthew) Craver with grandchildren Kyle, David, and Mikayla of Topeka and Darci (Andrew Kapp) Scott with grandchildren Grace and Henry of Topeka; her sons Jared (Lindsay) Rowley with grandchildren Jett, Jagger, and Jace of Topeka and Darrin (KyLee) Rowley with fur babies Chloe and Rosie of Eskridge, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Council Grove.  Visitation will take place on Thursday June 2nd from 5:00 to 6:30pm.  Funeral services will be held on Friday June 3rdat 1:00pm with burial to follow at Chalk Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nancy Rowley Memorial and sent in care of Sawyer Funeral Home, Box 273, Council Grove, KS 66846.  Specific memorials will be determined at a later date.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

5:00 - 6:30 pm (Central time)

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Friday, June 3, 2022

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Burial following at Chalk Cemetery

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