Alice Rowena Townsend
Alice Rowena Townsend passed away May 14, 2016 at the Cheyenne Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.
Rowena was born Oct. 17, 1935, daughter of Carl and Edna Matson. Her childhood was spent in Leo, Wyoming. In 1951 she moved to Elk Mountain, where she attended Elk Mountain High School. Rowena married Frank Buckendorf in 1954. He passed away in 1981. She worked at Sunnyside Grocery in Rawlins for many years. In 1986 Rowena married Richard Townsend, traveling throughout the states with his career.
She made beautiful afghans for her family and friends and supplied them with her crocheted dish cloths and her delicious pumpkin rolls she made and given as gifts during the holidays. Rowena was a wonderful and caring "Second Mom" to all her nieces and nephews. She never met a stranger and was the first to help anyone in need.
Rowena is survived by her husband, sisters Phyllis McCann (Rawlins), Marie Walbye (Fort Collins), Nellie Jones (Elk Mountain), brother Carl Matson and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Julia Irene and Ruth Garretson, niece Vickie Boltz and nephews Bob Irene and Joel Garretson.
At her request, no services will be held. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. Rowena will be dearly missed and loved forever.