Friday, September 11, 2009

Alba M. (Caton) Rowden 1918-2009

Alba Margaret (Caton) Rowden was born July 22, 1918 in Hutton Valley, Missouri in Howell County to William Franklin and Flossie Mae (Walker) Caton. Alba departed this earthly life for her heavenly home on July 4, 2009 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

Alba was a hard worker in her church. She was a faithful member of the Licking Church of Christ until her health failed at which time she was not able to be out and around. She was always doing for someone else and also was a homemaker, great cook, made many quilts, embroidered pillow cases, and made several of her own clothes. She loved to garden, work with her flowers, and she worked hard in planting and harvesting her garden produce.

Alba moved from the Waynesville area after the death of her husband, Glen to be closer to her family in Licking.

Later, Alba and her sister Elta moved to Licking Senior Citizen Housing, just across the side walk from each other. You could see them together often, before and after this move. After her sister Elta’s health started to fail and she moved to the Kansas City area, and since Alba’s health was failing, she moved into Licking Park Manor Care Center, where she lived for the past seven years.

Alba was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Flossie Caton, brothers: Alfred, Norman, and Cub; and one sister, Elta Welch.

She is survived by her son, Bob Butcher of Clinton, Missouri; step-son, Bill Rowden of Waynesville, Missouri; step-grandson, Melvin Rowden and wife, Sharon, step-granddaughter, Margaret Arrington and husband, Danny of Waynesville, Missouri; two step-great-grandchildren: Robin Rowden and Daniel Arrington; one brother: Hubert Caton and wife, Phyllis of Licking; nephews: Bill Caton and wife, Rosie, Richard Caton and wife, Ruby of Montana, Bob Caton of Utah, Russell Caton of Rolla, Missouri, Wayne Welch and wife, Wanda of Grandview, Missouri, Keith Caton and wife, Shelly of Missouri, Curt Caton and wife, Brenda of Illinois; nieces: Beverly Koler and husband, Jerome of Montana, Sonya Johnson and husband, Bob of Kimberling City, Missouri, Judy Bates of Raymore, Missouri, Melodia Storm and husband, Dale of Licking; a sister-in-law, Marie Caton of Westphalia, Missouri; a host of great nieces and nephews; a special friend, Kathy Kofahl; and her Licking Church of Christ family.

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