Mary Helena “Enie” Rowan passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Rose Villa in Rosetown, SK at the age of 99 years.
Mary was known to most people during her life as “Enie”, she was born Mary Helena Coutts on July 17, 1917 at Loreburn Saskatchewan to parents Samuel and Inez (nee Calder) Coutts. She was the youngest of three sisters and was born a twin, however her twin brother William Samuel did not survive the birth. Her older sisters were Doris Van Zandbergen, Greta Forster and Eileen Butler. Enie was raised on a farm about eleven miles west of Loreburn. She had many stories and recollections of helping with farm chores, milking cows and travel with horses to town and country dances. In cold weather, they heated stones and placed them under fresh straw in the back of the sleigh to help keep warm.
Her parents decided to buy a house in Saskatoon to make it easier for the kids to go to school and purchased their home at 1705 Lorne Avenue. She attended Thornton Elementary School and later Buena Vista School, both situated on Lorne Avenue. Following her schooling, Enie lived with her sister Greta and brother-in-law Mike Forster at Allen, Saskatchewan where she worked at the telephone office and learned to operate the switch board.
Jack and Enie first met when she went to Plenty to work in the telephone office in 1937. Their first meeting was at the Robbie Burns night held here in the United Church basement that year. They were married on May 24, 1938 at Loreburn and enjoyed 68 years of marriage.
Jack worked in Vancouver on the night shift doing ferry boat repair when they were first married. They came back to Saskatchewan where Jack was buying grain for Saskatchewan Wheat Pool at Veralum and Hawoods. In 1942 they returned to Plenty to take up farming and raise a family. Iain Clair was born in 1944, Glen in 1945 and Calla in 1956.
During these years, she was active in various community organizations such as Women’s Institute, the Garvagh Circle of the Plenty United Church and the local square dance group. She acted as a CGIT leader and enjoyed taking part in local theatre productions. Jack and Enie were regulars at all the local dances.
Enie’s main focus was her home and family. She had a reputation with her family as making the best raisin pies ever and always having a selection of dainties on hand when company came to visit. She and Jack shared many interests and including a love of dogs, dancing and travel. They spent many winters with friends in Arizona and took trips with others over the years.
In 1997, Jack and Enie moved to Rosetown where Enie remained, living at McNab Place and Rose Villa following Jack’s passing in 2006.
Enie is survived by her children Iain Clair Rowan, Glen (Carol) Rowan and Calla Rowan, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Samuel and Inez Coutts, husband Jack Rowan, three sisters Doris Van Zandbergen, Greta Forster and Eileen Butler, one brother William Samuel Coutts and daughter-in-law Nolene Rowan.
A Memorial Service was held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Shanidar Funeral Services with Reverend Jo-Ann Hills officiating. Interment to follow in the Plenty Cemetery. Donations in memory of Enie may be made to the Rose Villa Activity Fund, P.O. Box 1153, Rosetown, SK S0L 2V0.