Patricia K. Rowe
Sept. 5, 1949 to Feb. 11, 2011
Pat Rowe, a longtime Moonridge resident, passed away Friday after a lengthy illness at the age of 61.
She was surrounded by her priest, family and friends. Pat is survived by her husband, Kieth, her mother,
Mary Jane Linder, and her two sisters, Colleen Underwood and Laura Beyer, as well as six nieces and a
nephew, her mother-in-law, Dotty Rowe, and her sister-in-law Kaye Sheffield.
From a young age Pat was always a high achieving person who strived and attained excellence in every
endeavor she attempted. She attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy High School, California
Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo, earned her Bachelor of Science degree and then continued at Point Loma
University where she completed her Masters Degree, in Education.
Pat and Kieth met at Cal Poly, married, then took a world tour before settling in Big Bear in 1976. Pat
worked for the local newspaper and eventually took a teaching position at Big Bear High School. She
specialized in English, computer science and developed a graphic arts ROP program.
During her 30 years at Big Bear High School, Pat brought educational enrichment and excellence to both
students and coworkers. She was the first to bring computer labs to Big Bear and her students were the
first to electronically transmit the yearbook directly to a printing company. Whenever her classroom needed
a new piece of technology, Mrs. Rowe wrote grants and received the money to purchase the needed equipment.
What she brought to the Big Bear school system and especially to all the students who passed through her
classes cannot be measured. Many of them would say that Mrs. Rowe gave them the tools to be successful,
and then stood back and let them do it.
Pat explored all aspects of life with a vigorous sense of adventure. Her interest in fine jewelry led to a
successful jewelry business and her certification as a GIA Master Gemologist. She loved flying with her husband,
Kieth, and was an accomplished private pilot herself. Together, Pat and Kieth spent a lifetime traveling to all ends
of the earth experiencing adventures most of us can only imagine. Pat's love of photography came in handy
during these travels documenting their travels and a rich and wonderful life.
Pat Rowe was well loved by family, friends, colleagues and students. She will be missed beyond what words
Funeral services will be held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Canada/Flintridge on 2/17/11
at 10 a.m. There will be a celebration of life service in Big Bear, details to be announced.