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Gloria L. Spence Rowe Monroe, 91, of Terre Haute, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Exceptional Living of Brazil. She previously worked for Columbia Records and retired from the Katherine Hamilton Center. Gloria was born April 8, 1925, in North Terre Haute, to Everett Guy Spence and Grace Estella Schomer.
She is survived by three sons, James A. Rowe and his wife Diane of Carrolton, Ga., and Robert E. Rowe, and Michael S. Rowe and his wife Teresa, both of Terre Haute; one daughter, Anna Marie McClure and her husband Jeffrey of Terre Haute; and her son-in-Law, Ronald Cherepkai of East Alton, Ill.; stepson, T.O. Miller Jr.; 15 grandchildren, Dawn Rowe (Jeff) Cope, Staci Rowe (Eric) Christensen, Marc (Brooke) Rowe, Mandy Rowe (Chris) Flury, Alysia Rowe, Christina Rowe, Eric Rowe, Ryan Cherepkai, Ross (Jessica) Cherepkai, Stephen (Jennifer) Rowe, Sarah Rowe (Eric) See, Melissa McClure-Walden, Jill McClure (Neil) Buddle, Jeffrey Joe (Casey) McClure II, Ann McClure (Travis) Okulovich; 27 great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Cope (Joseph) Fosnow, Luke Christensen, Callie Christensen, Maddi Christensen, Kate Christensen, Samantha Gentry, Weston Rowe, Ruby Rowe, Andrew Flury, Anna Flury, Grace Flury, Peyton Rowe, McKenzie Rowe, Alice Rowe, Max Cherepkai, Liam Walden, Mason Walden, Andrew Shield, Aubrey Shield, Abby Shield, Evelyn Buddle, Finn McClure, Josslyn McClure, Leah Okulovich and Ethan Okulovich, Warren Rowe, Carter See and Baby Okulovich; six stepgrandchildren, Aaron Walden, Olivia Buddle, Cael Buddle, Mason Burns, and Skylar Okulovich; one brother, Everett (Bud) Spence of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, James Albert Rowe and Victor Monroe; special friend, T.O. Miller; one brother, Billy Gene Spence; one daughter, Mary Ann Cherepkai; and her niece, Kimberly Spence Ray.
She was a member of St. Joseph University Parish Catholic Church. She was a 1945 graduate of Garfield High School. During the warm months in 1960s to early seventies, she spent her life on the beach at Dietz Lake, where she was known as Momma Rowe. Gloria loved her faith, her family, and to sing and dance. She first became involved with dancing at a very young age, taught by her grandfather, the vaudeville star William Schomer. She could play violin and organ. She first became involved with singing through church choir groups, schools and later joining the Women's Barber Shop Quartet. Her love and talent for singing carried on to her children, which she was extremely proud of. If there was music, she would be dancing. She was a member of the Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Legion and would dance all night. As she is making her entrance into the pearly gates, I am sure she is singing in the celestial choir and dancing with her loved ones on the streets of gold.
Visitation is Monday, April 3, 2017, from 9 until 11 a.m. in St. Joseph University Parish with mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in the church with Friar Mark Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Samaritan Funeral Home, 2425 Wabash Ave., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at:
Published on March 30, 2017
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