2012-10-18 / Obituaries

Erika M. Rowe

Ericka Milmore Rowe was born Dec. 17, 1911, in Miraflores, Peru, South America, and passed away suddenly in Mariposa on Oct. 2, two months shy of being 101 years old. She was a local resident for almost 35 years.

She lived in Germany before coming to the United States.

She grew up in Berkeley and attended UC Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing education and her nursing certificate.

Erika met her future husband, Glenn, on a blind date under the Campanile at UC Berkeley. When they married, they moved to Long Beach, where Erika worked as a head nurse in the Seaside Hospital. Her four children were born there.

Then Glenn, a district civil engineer for Texaco, was transferred to Fillmore, where they lived for 33 years. Erika worked as head nurse in the Santa Paula Maternity Hospital and later was a visiting nurse for Ventura County. She was president of the Women’s Society in the Presbyterian Church for several years and was active in clubs and community affairs. She was also a member of the board for the California Youth Authority Correctional Girls’ School in Somis.

After Glenn’s retirement, Erika’s brother, Oswald, and his wife who were living in Mariposa, urged Erika and Glenn to move to Mariposa, which they did.

Erika was an excellent cook and seamstress. She crocheted and knitted many tablecloths, sweaters and afghans which all won blue ribbons at the Mariposa County Fair. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching informative programs and the news on TV. Erika loved to travel--having visited Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States. She and Glenn traveled to Europe several times. They especially like going to Austria.

Erika is survived by daughters, Stephanie Culbert, Ursula Rowe and Pamela Rowe; son, Digby Rowe and his wife, Joyce; three grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren; brother, Dr. Benno Milmore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a wonderful, special woman who everyone greatly admired and was truly an inspiration to all who knew her. Her family loved her very much and will miss her terribly, but knows she is rejoicing and happy again to be in the arms of her beloved Glenn.

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