April 3, 1937 – July 15, 2020
Rowena Eloise of Planet Earth, and most recently of Nelson, British Columbia (Kiwanis Villa), but before that Argenta, British Columbia which she called home for over 30 years, passed over peacefully on July 15th, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. She also lived in Kaslo, British Columbia; Priest River, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; Tripoli, Libya; Michigan, and many more places. At one point she called a school bus home, which enabled her to travel and experience the vast continent of North America extensively in the 1970s.
Born April 3rd, 1937 in Howell Michigan to Eloise and Danial Lamet, Rowena was the oldest of four children and was brought up to believe that there was nothing she could not do. She attended Wayne State University after high school and obtained a teacher’s degree specializing in English Literature and the Visual Arts.
Rowena was passionate and engaged in life since the day she was born. She took her role as a human being seriously and never gave up on anything. She was committed to leading by example and spent her time ceaselessly advocating for social and environmental equality.
Whether it was justice for African Americans through the White Panthers during the 1960s, or helping to save the pristine alpine with the Jumbo Wild Coalition in the 1990s and 2000s, her persistence was relentless. She started, supported, and maintained endless initiatives, groups, organizations, and events, all with a passion to do everything she could to help the world be a better place.
In addition to her political endeavors, she was a prolific artist—an award-winning painter and published many children’s books throughout the years. Her artistic focus was on education and the positive impact she could create through visual expression.
Rowena Eloise is predeceased her son John Jacob Tschudy and many dear friends. She is survived by her sister Virginia Kaai, brothers Dan and Jim Lamet; daughters Fern Sabo (Steve Sabo) and Annika Jones; son Will Tschudy; grandchildren Grace and Jack Sabo, Essence Townsend-Tschudy, Janoviea, and Jerako Jackson and Deashia Simmons; and great grandchildren Anthony Simmons, Lavalle Petty, Jarayah Davis, Amira Jackson, and Kamari Tschudy.
A small celebration of life was held for Rowena Eloise on July 18, 2020, in Argenta, BC. Her body has been returned to our Mother Earth but her spirit has gained its wings. She can now dance with the grizzlies in the alpine, and fly with the owls by the light of the moon. She touched many people’s lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers we request donations be sent to the Nelson End of Life Society (231 High Street, Nelson, V1L 3Z6), which supports alternative end of life care. E-transfers can be made through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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