Sally Rowe, 83

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GILFORD — Sally Rowe, 83, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loved ones.

Sally overcame a turbulent childhood and with willful determination, handcrafted her own path to a rich and rewarding life full of irreplaceable relationships with others.

She met her husband, Robert Rowe, while working at New England Telephone and Telegraph, and they settled in Gilford, where they raised their three children, Ron, Lynne and Tony. She dedicated her life to her three children and donated a huge portion of her time, love and creativity to Gilford High School and the community.

She had a special love for the birds and animals and was the kind of woman that wasn’t afraid to grab a cow and walk him home or stop traffic for a family of ducks. If she isn’t a testament for the selfless love and strength we can all find within ourselves, then I don’t know what is. Those who were fortunate enough to soak in her light will forever love and remember her genuine, unique, caring and spitfire soul.

Sally is survived by her three children, Ron, Lynne and Tony Rowe; her two grandchildren, Emily Rowe and Becky Dalton; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

There truly is no combination of words simple or beautiful enough to capture the essence of Sally Rowe. Sally’s spirit will live on for those that knew her best in simple everyday events like observing the freedom of birds in flight, enjoying the unconditional love of our furry companions, and enjoying a hot cup of coffee and good company at the Soda Shoppe or George’s.

Rejoice in the name of Sally Rowe, give a dog a bone when you have the chance, stay true to what you believe and fill your days with acts of selflessness in her honor.

At her request, no service will be held.

Please make memorial donations to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road Kanab, Utah 84741, or online at

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to