Rowena Petty died on Monday, January 7, 2008 at the Mille Lacs Health Center in Onamia, MN. She was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held on Saturday, Januray 12th, 11:00 AM at Mora Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at Sunset Cemetery in Isle at 2:15 PM on Saturday.
Rowena (Roe) M. (Baker) Petty was born on June 16, 1921 in Leon, Iowa to Ralph and Maude (Hill) Baker. Her childhood years were spent growing up on the family farm. She attended school in Leon and graduated on May 8, 1939. Roe married Ames Petty of Lineville, Iowa at Grant City, Missouri on July 22, 1939. They resided in Decatur County for 4 years where Roe taught country school and Ames farmed. They then moved to Waterloo, Iowa where they operated their own TV and Appliance Store (Evansdale TV) until 1960. From there they moved to Wahkon, Minnesota where they owned and operated Freddie’s Resort until 1989. Roe enjoyed working with the public. Over the years Roe had a variety of jobs. She worked at Community Mercy Hospital as a nursing assistant, Brainerd State Hospital as a psychiatric technician, and Combined Accident Insurance as a sales representative. She was the top sales representative in the US in 1974 and also top sales manager of the year in 1975 for Combined Insurance. After retirement she enjoyed sewing as a Courage Center home crafter, taking care of her flowers, camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Throughout her life, Roe never failed to demonstrate her lifelong commitment to God, and her deep love for Jesus and her family. She had an unconquerable strength of will that never gave in or gave up, even right up to her last breath. She will always be remembered as a gracious and compassionate woman, a Godly wife and loving mother and grandmother; and most of all a dedicated servant of God.
Rowena was preceded in death by her husband Ames; son Gary Petty; one brother; one sister; and her parents
She is survived by her children Pat (Fran) Weiers of Wahkon, MN, Judy (Roy) Gibas of Isle, MN, Paul (Sue) Petty of Wahkon, MN and Larry (LaVae) Petty of Wahkon, MN; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. Also surviving are two sisters Shirley Bailie fo Des Moines, IA and Lou Argabright of Tulsa, OK; and a brother Larry Joe (Pat) Baker of Davis City, IA.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 12th at Mora Assembly of God Church in Mora, MN. Rev. Joseph Weiers and Rev. James Paydon will officiate. Music provided by Mona Petty and David Hagstrom. Pallbearers are Jeffrey Gibas, Charles Gibas, John Weiers, James Weiers, Jacob Weiers, Eli Petty, Donald Petty, Sean Petty and Luke Petty. Interment at Sunset Park Cemetery in Isle, Minnesota. Arrangements handled by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.