OBITUARY

Mary Helen Rowe

September 4, 1931February 28, 2019

Mary Helen Rowe of San Bernardino, CA, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019 at Kaiser Hospital, Fontana, CA, following a short period of illness. Born on September 4, 1931 in Ogden Arkansas, Mary moved to California in the 1950s with her husband, who she would later divorce, and ended up in San Bernardino where she made her permanent home. Mary was the Valedictorian of her class at Little River High School in Ashdown, Arkansas and took courses at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. She never gave up on her goal of continuing her education and becoming a teacher to help guide young minds towards higher education. While working full time as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at Patton State Hospital, she went to night classes at California State University, San Bernardino and eventually earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and later, three Master of Arts degrees. She landed her first teaching job in Riverside CA, and later joined the faculty at San Bernardino High School (SBHS) where she served for most of her over 30 years of teaching. She was a beloved teacher who headed up the SBHS chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and traveled to conferences all over the country with her students. She would often share with her students that “an investment in education yields the greatest dividends” and many of them took that to heart and furthered their education.

Mary had a terrific sense of humor and loved life and laughter and the company of family and friends. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and many other organizations, but was first and foremost a dedicated member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in San Bernardino where she was longtime member of the Usher Board.

Mary is survived by her son James Rowe, her sisters Dorothy Stamps and Erma Faye Venable, and her brother Clarence Ray Thurston. She leaves behind nephews Michael Lee, Clifton Lee, Ralph Thurston, and Jay Thurston; along with nieces Marian Bellamy, Monique Dilworth, Juana Lee, Sheila Lee, June Lee and Constance Lee-O’Grady, as well as a host of grandnieces and grandnephews, including grandniece Megan Stamps who lived with Mary. She is preceded in death by her parents Alex and Norvelle Thurston, brothers Alex and Benny Joe Thurston, nieces Peggy Thurston and Wilma Johnson, and nephews Kenny and Stanley Thurston.

Viewing will be held on Monday, March 11th from 4pm to 8pm at Montecito Mortuary, 3520 East Washington Street, Colton, CA, 92324, at the Valley View Chapel. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at St. Paul A.M.E. Church at 1355 West 21st Street, San Bernardino, CA, 92411. Another viewing will be held from 9:30am to 10:30am and the Funeral Service will begin at 10:30am.

Services

  • Viewing Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Viewing Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Church Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mary Helen Rowe

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Marian Bellamy

March 15, 2019

Thank you all for your sweet and kind memories for my aunt Mary (Meme). She was certainly a special woman and a beloved aunt. She is and will be missed within our family and especially by me. Your thoughts and prayers are certainly appreciated. God bless you all for your kindness and support during this time in our mourning.

Marian Bellamy

March 10, 2019

Meme I have thought of you everyday since you went home to be with the Lord. I know you are happy and walking around Heaven. I will miss you everyday. Thanks for being part of my life and showing me and telling me everything you did. There will be no one else like you. You were fun, funny and easy to be around. I will miss your laugh, your corny jokes, and your funny sayings. "Thank you mam a bam bam" you are the star of our family that will never dim. I miss and love you forever.
R. I. P. Meme.

Duberly Beck

March 9, 2019

During my HS years Mrs. Rowe made a huge impact in my life. I was in FBLA and because of her I was exposed to all things business. Mrs. Rowe had the biggest and most generous heart. I knew she paid out of pocket for a lot of things so that we could travel for FBLA. I have thought of her through out the years, especially when I opened my own business. Mrs. Rowe, you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace.
~ A Future Business Leader

Cyrena Rios-Davis

March 9, 2019

Ms. Rowe was my high school office skills and shorthand teacher. Although we gave her a hard time sometimes, she was always sweet and kind. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Scott Rhodes

March 9, 2019

So sad to see this. She was a great teacher and a great soul. I used to type the church programs for her in typing class. Much love to you and your family. Rest in peace and blessed be!

Kelly Rhodes

March 9, 2019

Mrs. Rowe was my typing teacher at SBHS. She was a lovely woman. I wish the family peace during this difficult time. RIP Mrs. Rowe, we all loved you!

Alecia Jones

March 9, 2019

It was always a joy speaking with Mrs. Mary over the phone. My son JhaLin Rowe is her grandson. She always talked about getting a good education and was proud to hear he was doing so well in school. She always remembered his birthday with a phone call and gift in the mail. She was a sweet spirited lady who loved to talk. We were looking forward to sending her his graduation invitation this month but God called for her to come home. I know she will still be there in spirit when he gets his diploma. Rest easy Mrs. Mary, love Lynette

Jha’Lin Rowe

March 9, 2019

Mary Helen Rowe was my grandmother. She did so much for me in the few years that I actually knew her. She would talk to me about school and give me advice for college because she knows her stuff when it comes to education. She would send me cards in the mail for special occasions and I appreciated each and every gift she sent my way. She will be missed dearly by me and I’ll never forget what she has done for me. She may not have understood how much I loved her but I really do love and appreciate everything she did.

Megan Stamps

March 9, 2019

Meme my heart is very heavy right now but all of the things you show me I will never forget I thank you so so so much for raising me to become a strong woman of God and I glad you was in my son life I know he your baby and I promise you I going to show him that education is the key to life

Brenda Petty

March 8, 2019

You were a Jewel of a neighbor. Always interested in the children in the neighborhood. Never wanted them to settle for ordinary. You watched my kids grow until you moved from 20th St.
When I would occasionally see you out and about, you always asked how they were doing.
Time for you to rest now. May you rest in sweet peace.

Peace and blessings to your family,

Brenda, Veronica and Kyle Petty

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