Barbara Lynn Rowell

Apr 26, 1936 - Nov 18, 2021


Barbara Lynn Rowell, age 85, of Quincy, died Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 8:50 am in Good Samaritan Home.Barbara was born April 26, 1936 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Aldo and Marian (Thesen) Grimmer. She married Terry G. Rowell on May 8, 1965 in Quincy. He preceded her in death on...


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Barbara Lynn Rowell

April 26, 1936 - November 18, 2021


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C Cindy Jacobson Grant November 24, 2021

Barbara was a great friend and Mother to us all, from worrying about every nuance of a production, to worrying about you and your life. I was one of the actresses who made the trek from Quincy to the Golden Eagle Riverboat Dinner Theatre with Barb. We would all pile into her car (Stephanie, Michelle Crider, Jane Tomko, Gayla Goehl, Laura Nelson) and take off across the river, sometimes on a ferry when the bridge was under construction! How we didn't get lost on those back roads, through the corn fields, late at night I'll never know! Creative, tenacious, determined, talented, loving and P.T. Barnum all rolled into one! That was Barb. My deep, deep sympathies go out to you Stephanie and Brian and your families. I look forward to celebrating Barb's life with you in the new year. Cindy Jacobson Grant

T Trudy Irwin Wille November 24, 2021

Dear Stephanie and Brian,

My condolences to you and your families.

Your mom has touched so many lives! Seeing condolences from many who performed at QCLT and or The Golden Eagle reminds me that although it has been 35 years since I lived in Quincy, some people leave an indelible mark on your heart!

May you be comforted by the following verse:
Psalm 34:18. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Thank you for letting us join you for your mom’s celebration of life!

I still have the Harrod’s tea tin she gave me for cat watching when you went to London!

Such fond memories are never lost! ❤️🤗🙏. Trudy Irwin Wille

L Leslie Fitzgerald November 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to Barb’s family. She was such a treasure to all those hearts she touched over the years! I have fond memories of working with her at QCLT - she had a true talent and shared it with so many. She will be missed!! Leslie Ayers Fitzgerald

B Barbara Haupt November 23, 2021

To my dear friend, the best director I ever had, I love you and pray that you are happy where you are with the Lord. Sending prayers of comfort to the family, especially to Stephanie, Brian, and Olivia. Love, Barbara Drews (Haupt).

W William Spear November 23, 2021

J Jonathan Michael November 23, 2021

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L Love, Mike and Molly Miller November 22, 2021

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L Love, The Ray Scheiter Family November 22, 2021

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T Tribute Store November 22, 2021

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C Cathy F.Kapusciak November 22, 2021

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W With love Lisa and Joe Harris. November 22, 2021

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D Debbie Dance Uhrig November 21, 2021

Barbara Rowell put the icing on my cake, smoothed rough edges and put on the polish of a vocalist turned actor. Her keen eye for detail continued on in my life as I started children's drama camps in Platte County and worked in many areas of acting. Later in life after teaching, I continued to use her coaching in my tenure as Master Craftsman of Culinary at Silver Dollar City. We never lost touch through the years. She kept up with my family. Barbara and her family believed in giving of themselves. There will never be another 'Barb' in my life. My love goes out to Brian and Stefanie I wish I could be there with you this week to hug you and tell you in person how much your mother meant to me. As plans are made for the event at the theatre I hope to be able to attend. In my prayers. Debbie Dance Uhrig,

L Lana Anderson November 20, 2021

Barb was a dear friend, mentor and my introduction to theater. I have many fond memories of shows with her at QCLT and QCT. She directed a production of Quilters, which I had the honor to be part of. During the show, we sang Never Grow Old accapella each night. Barb told us it was one of her most favorite songs from a show. How I wish we were all there to sing it for her! Thank you, Barb, for everything! Will miss you! ❤

C Charlotte Baecker November 20, 2021

Barb was our cousin and we loved her dearly. Charlotte and Charlie Baecker. Our son ( David) played Rolf in The Sound of Music . He was 16 . She was so special to all of us💕

D Dick &PAT Wentura November 20, 2021

Summing up Barb in one word, "SPECIAL"
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S Sheila Williamson November 20, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Barb and Terry were great neighbors when we lived on Vermont street Dan and Sheila Williamson!!

D Don Johnson November 19, 2021

Barbara Rowell, got me started in Theatre. My first production with her was as a Townsperson in To Kill a Mockingbird. She brought the best out of everyone. It is fitting that I am lighting this years production of Beauty and the Beast, her final show she directed before her retirement. Thank you for a the magic you produced. QCTs Angel.
Sit proudly in your Director's chair

S Sue Douglas November 19, 2021

I first met Barbara when she was at the dinner boat in Canton, Mo. wow! Then I followed her the the little theater and my son who was about 3 or 4 ,Barbara would always make sure he had serval large books to sit on to see the shows.
🙏 thank you

K Kathleen Dooley November 18, 2021

It would be impossible for anyone to adequately express the tremendous impact that Barb Rowell had on this community and the entire area. All who knew or worked with her would agree she was a force of nature, moving and shaking ordinary mortals to perform and come to life on a small midwestern stage! To say she made the impossible happen at the “”Little Theatre” is, of course, an understatement! The resilience and tenacity she displayed while making the Oakley Lindsay Center and current home of the Quincy Community Theatre come to fruition was truly remarkable! If she were a man she would at least have a statue built in her honor by now! I’m sure many many individuals in the Theatre and music communities will share fabulous memories of the impact with which she touched their lives. My favorite memory will always be of Barb, not as the director, but as the MOM, watching with nervous pride as her daughter Stephanie performed the role of Annie Oakley in our QHS production. May our memories be a blessing to everyone who knew Barb Rowell and her legacy live in our hearts forever! 💙🎶🎭🎭🎭🎭🎭

D Dan & Pam Sherman November 18, 2021

So sorry for the loss of this wonderful women. Barb was a special light in our lives, especially during our rich and full years shared at the community theatre, so many fond memories and fulfilling experiences. Barb was a wonderful Mom, actress, and friend. Her sense of humor uplifted everyone, it was a special gift. God bless Barb, and may she Rest In Peace. Love and condolences to the family.

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