Louise (Spafford) Rowan joined her heavenly Father with her daughters by her side on August 7th, 2023. Preceded by her parents, Lloyd and Juneeta (Schuette) Spafford, Louise is survived by her daughters Sylvia Haynes and Laura Rowan (Anothony Whitford). Her grandchildren are Alexandria Furlong (Aulden), Matthew Bastian (Charlotte), Cassidy Bastian (Stephen), Jacqueline Whitford, Emilia Whitford, and Leah Whitford, along with great-granddaughters Mellanie and Madison Furlong. Louise is also survived by her sister, Ida Perry, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born prematurely in Regina in 1944, Louise grew up and attended school in Pense, Saskatchewan, before graduating in 1962 from Western Christian College – Weyburn. Following that, Louise received her teacher's certificate and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in the Kennel School Division (near Craven) from September 1963 to July 1965.
After leaving there and relocating to Winnipeg, Louise worked as a Library assistant for a couple of years and then at Continental Can in the paper division. It was during this time that Louise married and was blessed with the arrival of her two daughters. Relocating in 1975 to Wynyard to be closer to her sister and family, Louise was then employed at Plains Poultry. It was during this time that she became involved in the union and for several years held the position of union representative.
Heavily involved with the Church of Christ in Perryville, Louise was known for teaching Sunday school and summer camp activities. She also served in the Wynyard community as a Brown Owl for approximately 15 years with the Girl Scouts of Canada, a tradition that her youngest daughter Laura continues. Louise was also a member of the Wynyard Gospel Church in later years.
Louise’s love of baking was nearly matched by her love of a good game of 3-spot. The only rival to that was a rowdy board game with family and friends. Anyone up for a round of Pictionary? Louise was also renowned for her beautifully decorated and unique cake designs shared around the Wynyard area. Her generosity in the kitchen was evident through the many tea parties she hosted for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
If you knew Louise, then you knew of her love for collecting cookie jars. The stories of the finds from friends and family made the gift of a cookie jar even more special.
Louise possessed a unique and exceptional warmth, and her affection for her extended family and friends was boundless. Her absence leaves a void that will be felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude for the love and support they have received during this challenging time. Your kindness is deeply appreciated. As of now, no formal service has been arranged. The family plans to hold a memorial service in the future to commemorate Louise's beautiful life.
Donations in Louise’s Memory can be forwarded to:
C/O Laura Rowan
458 18 Street Northeast
Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1G1