Jan. 13, 1918 - April 19, 2010
Rowena Rice Danielson died April 19, 2010, at the Odd Fellows Home. She was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Touchet. Daughter of pioneers Richard A. and Mary Swaim Rice. She graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1934, attended Walla Walla College for one year, and was a graduate of Western Washington School in 1940-1941.
She married John A. Danielson June 1, 1941, in Walla Walla. They lived in Waitsburg for two years, then in Bremerton for fourteen years where she was active in church work and the Camp Fire Girls programs. After moving to Mount Vernon in 1958, she taught first grade for eleven years. During the years spent in Mount Vernon she was active in the American Association of University Women, Coterie Study Club, and the Community Concert Association. The Danielson's returned to Walla Walla in November of 1990.
Mrs. Danielson is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Andre Mank of Charlottesville, Va, Sue and Brent Northup of Helena, Mont; granddaughter, Katherine Northup of Helena; several nieces and nephews including Jan and Bill Eyestone of Walla Walla, Richard and Audrey Rice of Anacortes, Wash. Also surviving are her grandniece, Carolyn Leonhard of Walla Walla, her husband, Brent, and their children, Zoe Rowena and Genevieve (Evie) Leonhard of Walla Walla, and grandnephew, Jeff Ray and his family of Boise.
The great gifts which Mrs. Danielson gave those who survive her are a lifelong appreciation of the beauty of nature and a love of learning. Her home was filled with music. Throughout her life Rowena loved beautiful gardens, fine literature, birds and children. She was a skillful knitter. Her quick wit and fine intellect warmed many conversations with friends. Her smile brightened many hearts.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, the American Association of University Women, and the Retired School Employees of Washington.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years; her parents; two sister, Velma Fehlberg and Esther Woodruff; and one brother, Harold Rice.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials toFirst Congregational Church of Walla Walla in care of Professional Funeral Director Crematory, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA, 99362.