Rowena Beatrice Thorp

Rowena Beatrice Thorp, age 90, of Lapeer died peacefully in her sleep on May 25, 2021 at home.  

Rowena was born August 3, 1930 in Ellington, Michigan to the late Merritt and Sara Hawley.  Rowena was active in the 4H in younger days.   She enjoyed cooking - especially her homemade bread, sewing, canning, reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her family. 

Rowena is survived by her children: Elaine (Mike) Darnell, Bea (Gary) Stimson, Rhonda Pederson, Sherri Withun, Raymond (Jessica) Thorp, Joyce (Rob) Tank, Allen (Marilyn) Thorp, Melvin (Sandi) Thorp, Daryl (Sharon) Thorp, siblings: Alton Hawley, Marlene Hawley, Frank Hawley,  29 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Duane, 7 brothers, and 6 sisters.  

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of Rowena’s Life will take place at a later date.  Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville.    

Memorial contributions in memory of Rowena may be made to the American Heart & Lung Association.  Share memories, condolences, and photos online with the family at