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Roseann L. Cowlishaw
January 4, 1942 – January 5, 2018

Scio – Roseann, 76, died January 5th in Albany. She was born in Dubuque, IA. At age 8 her family moved to New Hampton, IA. In 1956 her family moved to San Diego, CA, where her father had gotten a job at Ryan Aeronautics. After graduating from high school in 1960, Roseann worked as a secretary at Ryan Aeronautics. She met her husband Joseph Cowlishaw, also from New Hampton, in 1960, while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. They were married on June 8, 1963 in San Diego, CA. They settled in Spring Valley, CA, and raised two of their children.

In 1973, the family moved north to Scio, OR, where they purchased a small farm in the country and added a third child to their household. It was here where Roseann began a career as a legal secretary. She first worked for a local attorney and then moved on to spend many years at the Marion County District Attorney’s office. She ended her career working as a paralegal for private law firm in Salem.

Roseann was very active in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She loved the Lord, her family and her work. Roseann spent her free time reading, sewing, crocheting and knitting. Roseann will be remembered for her kindness and boundless compassion. She was tireless in her support of family and friends and never shied away from helping someone in need.

She is survived by her husband: Joe of Scio; children: Suzanne of Keizer, Rick (with wife, Nancy) of Winfield, KS, and Jason of Portland; sisters: Donna Gillette of Salem and Kathleen Roberts of Keizer; grandson: Evan Cowlishaw of Winfield KS; nieces: Lacy John and Callie Roberts of Salem; and nephews: Adam Roberts, Mason Roberts and Tyson John of Salem.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Mennonite Foundation. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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