ABERDEEN – Surrounded by her loving family members and several close friends, Sallie Ann Easter Rowe passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo MS.

Affectionately known as “Mammy” to family and friends, she was an only child born November 6, 1943 in Aberdeen, MS to Amos Gilroy “Squire” Easter and Sallie Gilleylen Wood Easter.

She was a 1961 graduate of Aberdeen High School where she served as a varsity cheerleader, was first runner-up on the 1960 Homecoming Court and was selected as an AHS representative at Girls State in Jackson. Competing in beauty contests, she was named Aberdeen’s and Monroe County’s Queen of the Forest and represented the Forestry Commission on a tour of the state.

Following graduation, she attended Mississippi State College for Women (MSCW) and Mississippi State University.

A lifelong resident of Aberdeen except for three years in Selma, AL, she retired from the United States Bankruptcy Court as a deputy clerk after 22 years of service. Prior to retirement, she served as secretary at Aberdeen High School and at the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. She also owned and operated Sallie Ann’s School of Dance and was a vendor at several local antique stores.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband of 35 years, Don Rowe; two daughters: Kendall Smith (Andrea Singer) and Peri Ann Smith; four stepchildren, Lisa Fiorani (Rob), Lucy Cubinski (Lee), Scott Rowe (Lindsey) and Carrie Beth Shelton (Brian); two grandchildren: Laura Kendall and Annabelle; one grand-daughter-in-law Tangie Greenwood; nine step-grandchildren: Shane, Robbie, Gina, Brendan, Evan, McKenna, Ellie and Will; one great-grandchild: Tyler Andrew; one step-great-grandchild Paisley Grace; five special cousins: Ellie Elkin Prude, Mary Houston “Poochie” Hill, Houston “Huse” Wood, Ginny Lee Coggins and Grace “Gay-Gay” Walker; and one Maine Koon cat, Boo. She will also be remembered by a host of friends and former fellow workers, all of whom are sure to miss her.

She will also be remembered for her strong opinions on a variety of subjects, all of which she would gladly share with her relatives, friends and neighbors.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was preceded in death by her parents, her son Christopher Keith Smith and her grandson Andrew Mark Greenwood.

A lover of the outdoors, Sallie enjoyed planting flowers and working in her yard, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, performing for Dolores Mitchell’s Starlets in dance recitals while growing up, listening to the Irish tenor Ronan Tynan sing, visiting the casinos, antiquing, playing video games on her iphone and attending Mississippi State football games.

Throughout her life, she was guided by her faith and was a 35-plus year member of St. John’s Episcopal Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister, Lay Reader, and served on the Church Mission Committee and the Altar Guild.

Visitation for “Mammy” will be held at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Tuesday, May 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral mass is scheduled for 10 a.m.,Wednesday, May 9 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, officiated by the Rev. Sandra DePriest of Columbus and the Rev. Jeff Reich of Hattiesburg, MS. Burial will follow at the family plot at Oddfellows Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.

Pallbearers will be Richard Johnston, Boonie Evans, David Houston, Jimmy Harrington, Joe Moszczienski, Robert Wheeler and Charles “Bulldog” Coggins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. John’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild, P.O. Box 54, Aberdeen, MS 39730.

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Bill & Sandra Bacon
Bill and I were so sorry to hear about Sallie Ann's passing.  Don, we will have you and the children in our prayers.

Eathel Martin Rhea

was so sad to hear about Sallie Ann. Her Aunt Ellie was my great aunt and some of her first cousins are my second cousins.  Loved all of the family.  I stayed with Squire and Sallie when our house burned and have always felt them to be my family.  My heart goes out to all of you.  Prayers are with all of you

Tammy Fitzpatrick Huff
 I'm so sorry to hear of Miss Sallie Ann's passing.  I loved working with her in the AHS office some 35+ years ago...she left a lasting impression on me and many others I'm sure.  My prayers are with Peri Ann, Mr. Don and the rest of her family.

Suzanne Madison
I share your sadness and will keep you all close in my prayers and my heart. Sending much love.

John McMorrough
Rest in Peace Classmate. Johnny Mc

Kim Fears
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your wife.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim & Martha Buffington

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.