Rowe, Patricia Anne

Patricia Anne Rowe 1941-2020

As the one year anniversary approaches we remember the life of Patricia Anne Rowe [Busby], passed away at the Souris Regional Health Center on June 15, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Pat was born on August 24, 1941 in Halifax, NS. She was the eldest child to Clem and Jean Busby followed by her three siblings, Donna, Dan and Susan. As a child Pat, her parents and siblings moved from Roblin, Manitoba and settled in Waskada, Manitoba.

It is here that Pat met Brian Rowe. Pat and Brian married on April 2, 1960 and were able to celebrate 60 years of marriage together. Following their marriage, Pat and Brian moved to Winnipeg so Brian could complete his mechanics training course. In 1961 Pat and Brian moved to Grand Rapids. Pat travelled home to Waskada to have their two eldest sons Don and Jeff. In 1964 Pat and Brian purchased farmland south east of Melita. It is here that Pat and Briand welcomed three more children to their family, Carla, Joanne and Tyler. Pat settled in to the busy life of being a farm wife and mother of five. There are many stories of the children coming home from school to homemade bread and doughnuts.

In her later years it was always asked of Pat to bring homemade bread or buns to any family get together. It was very evident that Pat had a creative knack for decorating. She was able to turn her families’ simple farmhouse into a cozy home for her and her family. In the fall of 1979 Pat and Brian sold the farm and moved their family to Souris where Brian had purchased West End Service Station. While getting settled in Souris Pat was able to put her creative talents to use once again working for Corrine Carlisle at the town’s local flower shop. Pat loved her flowers, especially anything in the colour red. Pat eventually moved on and took a position working in the kitchen at the Souris Hospital. Pat continued on at the hospital while Brian began working on the pipeline. Pat would travel to Saskatchewan to visit Brian as often as she could. After retiring Pat made the decision to pack up her sewing machine and travel with Brian while he worked on the pipeline. The only real travelling Pat and Brian did was during this time, which allowed them to see lots of country while travelling from east coast to west coast in their travel trailer. During this time Pat made many friendships, many of whom she kept in contact with over the years. Once Brian retired from the pipeline they returned to their home in Souris. Brian once again purchased a mechanics shop in town while Pat became a strong presence in the community. Pat was rarely to be found at home. There were many day trips with friends out for lunch or to the quilting stores that she loved. It was well known to her family that Pat was not available on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays as she would be on a coffee date with one or all of the friends she had come to cherish. Pat had many close friendships, some of which belonged to her beloved “coffee group” that met every Monday for 40 years.

Another of Pat’s great loves and talents was her quilting. She hosted the quilting group “Bits and Pieces” once a month at her home. Quilting was very important to Pat and her family remembers coming over many times to quilts in progress spread all over the house.

Pat loved her yard and house and enjoyed keeping everything current with today’s trends. On the rare occasions you did find Pat at home the TV would always be on, Cityline or Marilyn Dennis to give her the inspiration she needed to keep up with these trends. Pat was a very generous, caring and talented woman. It didn’t matter if Pat knew you for five minutes or 50 years she always made you feel important and that you held a special part in her life. Pat always had an open door and open arm policy. She loved having her kids, grandkids or friends pop in for a visit and you were always met with a hug.

Pat was an amazing lady who leaves behind her husband of 60 years Brian, her five children Don, Jeff, Carla (Sheldon Betker), Joanne (Ed Phillips), and Tyler (Lindsay Vanhove), her grandchildren Justin (Ashton), Amy (Dan), Lena, Kyle (Drew), Brett (Kendall), Jodi, Kadjun, Pheonix and Jace. Her sister Donna (Don Jackson), brother Dan (Carol) Busby, and sister Susan Mulholland, nieces, nephews, in-laws and many, many friends.

In memory of Pat, donations may be made to the Souris Health District Foundation Box 311 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.

23 thoughts on “Rowe, Patricia Anne”

  1. When someone passes, the time you spent together never seems like it was long enough… And while you miss Pat, may you discover that through precious memories, the time you had together never really ended. May these memories keep you strong.

    David Kohut and Wendy Bilton

  2. Dear JoAnn and Ed, and all of your families, please accept our sincere condolences. I just had a good visit with your mom not long ago in the grocery store in Souris. She was always so friendly. Cherish your memories……

  3. So sorry to hear of Patricia’s passing. I remember many good times with you Brian and Pat. High school was a long time ago…
    Laurie Burnett

  4. Brian and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a wonderful, kind lady and a great neighbour. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Such a kind person and so much fun.
    I can’t even remember the first time we met but she was just one of those people who you feel like you’ve known forever.
    You will be missed dearly. Heaven just gained another beautiful angel.

  6. To Pat’s Family
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. She was always so friendly. Loved having visits with her. Rest In Peace Pat.

  7. Gone but not forgotten , when she called she always said get off the couch it’s time for coffee, I will miss you and your calls, rest in peace Pat.

  8. My condolences to all of Pat’s family.

    She was a kind, friendly person and a great neighbour and friend. I will miss our coffee times and our visits together.

  9. My neighbour Pat always left me feeling glad to be in her presence. She was a thoughtful, gracious lady with a kind soul. We met when I was four years old. It seemed we treasured a respect we had for each other’s families over the decades. Heartfelt condolences to all her family and relatives. Peace, Don McIntyre

  10. Brian and family words cannot say how sorry we are to hear of Pats passing . She was a one of the friendliest ladies around . Rip Pat

  11. My sincere condolences to all of you. It’s been 45 years, but our trips to your farm are still among the best childhood memories I have. Pat always had a smile and lots of energy. I vividly remember playing in the hay piles and then going in for an amazing meal with lots of laughter. The older I got, the more I admired the life-long friendship that my parents had with Pat and Brian. I know you all must have many special memories that I hope will offer some comfort now. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  12. Brian and family: Sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. She was a great neighbor in the Waskada days and always had a big hello when we saw her in later years.

  13. Since when the Rowe Family moved to Souris many years ago our girls grew up and became best of friends, as parents we had many good and trying times, with the stage kids go through, Pat and Brian were both so great, we had lots of get together at their kitchen table. You were all a joy to have in Souris and as Friends. Our Kids grow up and we all end up doing other things, but I’ll never for get Pat. I worked with her at the hospital and she was a dedicated and hard worker and we had many laughs there too. Rest in peace Pat you will be missed. Family know I am here for you anytime. Distant hugs to all, and remember our memories making losing loved ones a bit easier.
    Sincerely So Sorry
    A Friend
    Mary Ann Carlisle

  14. Our condolences to all of Pat’s loved ones we knew Pat from the Tea House and she was always cheerful and friendly with witty banter and always a genuine concern for the well being of others and a kind greeting. She will be missed by us for sure. A kind soul <3 sincerely Clive & Traci Ealing-Lobb

  15. Rowe families, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Pat was an awesome lady always with a smile on her face and a big hello.

  16. We were very sorry to hear of Pat’s death and are sending our condolences. Everyone who knew her will miss her great smile and friendly ways. Sincerely, Ruth and Garry

  17. My deepest sympathy to Brain and the family,also to Donna and Don,Pat will be missed by all her knew her..

  18. Brian…..we are very sorry to hear of Pat passing. Our Deeest Sympathy to You and Yours.
    Ray & Myrna Downey

  19. My deepest sympathies to the Rowe Family on the passing of Pat. Fond memories of working with her.

  20. Brian,Don, Jeff, Carla, Joann& Tyler and families. My sincere condolences, Pat was a wonderful lady with a very friendly personality. Always ready with a hello & hug. May you find comfort in your memories. RIP Pat❤️
    Denise Smith-Bosc

  21. Our condolences to all Pat’s loved ones.It was always great to see Pat she always made everyone feel so special .

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