Mary Ann Rowe, 80, homemaker

January 13, 2004

Mary Ann Rowe, a homemaker and devout Catholic, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday at Washington Hospital Center. She was 80 and lived in St. Mary's City.

She was born Mary Ann Kerr in Baltimore and raised in Irvington and Catonsville. She was educated at the Institute of Notre Dame.

She was married in 1945 to William Thomas Rowe, an artist, and for years the couple lived in Catonsville. They moved to St. Mary's City in 1968.

Mrs. Rowe was active with the Southern Maryland Roman Catholic Community, where she worked in the healing ministry. She met Mother Teresa during her 1994 visit to Washington, and Mr. Rowe presented her with a charcoal drawing of Jesus.

Mrs. Rowe made frequent pilgrimages to the Grotto of Lourdes at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg. She also enjoyed traveling and, with her husband, made two extended camping trips through Europe.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Ridge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Rowe Wilson of Providence, R.I., Mary Jane Rowe of Drayden, St. Mary's County, and Nancie L. Lumpkins of St. George Island; a brother, Paul G. Kerr of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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