Beverly Jordan Rowe
January 31, 1927 – April 1, 2021
On April 1, 2021, Beverly Jordan Rowe slipped from this world into the next, in Annandale, Virginia, in the home where she had lived for sixty years. It was in this home where she continued to raise her five daughters following the untimely death, in 1966, of her husband, Jerome William “Bill” Rowe.
Born and raised in Washington, District of Columbia, Beverly (Bev) was the daughter of Richard Bedford and Lela (Sales) Jordan. She and Bill were married at Eldbrook Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 1946, shortly after he returned from serving in the Navy in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II. They moved to Falls Church, Virginia in 1949 and subsequently purchased Arlington Printers; the business was soon expanded to include additional printing presses, office and stationery supplies and was renamed Arlington Printers and Stationers. Following Bill’s death, Bev successfully ran and grew the business over the next 33 years. She was a leader in the community, including the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist International of Arlington. She became active in the Printing Industry of the Virginias, serving as the first woman president. She was a longtime member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Falls Church, Virginia, teaching Sunday School and serving on nearly every committee, including terms as chairman of the Board of Trustees. With five daughters, she spent many years as a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader, serving as a role model for countless young girls.
Beginning with local, then cross-country family camping trips, she ultimately became a world traveler, visiting places many only dream of. Her travels took her to the far reaches of five continents where she enjoyed learning about, and immersing herself in, diverse cultures.
Proclaiming herself to be “Granny” following the birth of her first grandchild, she became Granny not only to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but also to their spouses, friends of her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and to countless exchange students over more than twenty years. She opened her home and her heart with loving, unconditional respect and acceptance to anyone who was fortunate to know her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her only son, William Robert “Billy” Rowe, her brother and sister and one granddaughter, Caitlin Marie Peck. She is survived by her five daughters: Linda (Ron) Ford of Hagerstown, Maryland; Joyce (George “Doc”) Edwards of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Karen Peck and Vickie Rowe, both of Annandale, Virginia; and Carol (Bob) Patterson of Lancaster, Virginia. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Kimberly Ford of Huntersville, North Carolina; Brandon (Melissa) Ford of Austin, Texas; Alaina (Wayne “Trey”) Alter of Hagerstown, Maryland; and Brittany Patterson of Huntersville, North Carolina; and six great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. She will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Friendship United Methodist Church, 3527 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042, or the Smithsonian National Zoo: nationalzoo.si.edu/support/donate
Our hearts will grieve over what has been lost, but our spirits will rejoice over all that is left.
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Beverly Jordan Rowe
April 13, 2021
Bev, what an incredible life you lived and legacy you leave behind! Over the many years I have known you through the church, I was always impressed by your kindness, generosity and hospitality. There always seemed to be someone in your home-- whether family or friends--having a great time. Thank you for the countless times you hosted the youth group for barbecues and pool parties. Those are memories I will cherish forever. To the entire Rowe family, please know that you are in my prayers in the weeks ahead. I am sorry you had to lose someone so important and special in your lives. Moms are special people. With deepest sympathy, Jim Harrington
April 8, 2021
I miss you mommy. Being here in the house, with all the memories, but without you here too, makes me miss you even more. 😰Thinking about Yahtzee and puzzles and big and small family dinners, Brittany snuggled next to you on the arm of your chair, Christmas and other holidays, and all my friends over the years who you generously welcomed into the family fold.
I’ve thought a lot about my transAtlantic journey and how horribly that made you worry about me, and yet you forgave me and came to visit me in Europe and then came to “rescue” me and Suiças (with Joyce and Doc) from Corsica; and all the family trips we took and what a generous mom you were to me, and an amazing Granny to Brittany. I love you 💕
April 8, 2021
I was Ms.Rowe caregiver.It was a pleasure to be able to assist in her care.i really enjoyed talking and doing puzzles with her.we gave each other hugs, laughed and shared memories of our family and we're we lived.she will truly be missed.sending my deepest condolences to the family.love y'all