Katherine “Rabbit” Daly Rowe, 80, of 1 Coastland Drive, Plattsburgh, New York, died Sunday, October 30, 2022, at her home with her family by her side under the care of Hospice of the North Country. She was born in Ossining, New York, on October 1, 1942, the daughter of William and Catherine (Mosher) Daly.
At the age of 16, Bunny began attending SUNY Plattsburgh’s nursing program. During her college years, she spent summers in disadvantaged neighborhood hospitals in New York City. Early frontline experiences gave her her independence, perspective, and grace well beyond her years. It was those qualities and her beauty that caught the attention of Bill Rowe, the man who would become the love of her life and husband for nearly 60 adventurous years. They had a magical love story and referred to each other affectionately as “Baby”.
After a brief career as a school nurse at St. John’s Primary School, the birth of her two daughters followed. Kim and Heather are so grateful to have a strong and loving mother who emphasized the importance of mutual respect and strength of character as guiding principles for a happy family.
Bill and Bunny teamed up to manage Rowe Buick, Rowe Boats International and Adirondack Mall Realty. People might say “Bill runs the business…but the rabbit keeps it running!” Their complementary skills, determination and 100% commitment to each other enabled them to overcome many challenges to create successful businesses. Bunny felt strongly that she and Bill had set a strong example of what hard work and determination could achieve.
Bunny hasn’t left her nursing career entirely behind. She served on the CVPH Board of Directors from 1974 to 1984 and then again from 1987 to 1993. She provided leadership and insight to the Board at a pivotal time in the hospital’s history. Other community-oriented endeavors have included her participation in the Junior League, the Kent-Delord House, and a celebration to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Plattsburgh.
Despite being a self-proclaimed homebody, preferring to hang out at home, she was an avid tennis player and played several days a week. She also enjoyed sailing the waters of Lake Champlain and discussing the trails of Mount Whiteface with Belle and her “daughters”.
Bunny’s warm smile and welcoming demeanor are comforting to all who know her.
Bunny died by her husband William Louis Roe III and her brother William Daly. Among the survivors are her daughter Kimberly Roe Manion (Dennis) and her granddaughter Elizabeth (Ella) and Anna (Annie); her daughter Heather Roe Ambrose (Timothy); her sister Carol Daly; her nieces Heidi Daly and Jennifer Brink and her nephew Cape Daly and their families; Sister-in-law Frances “Toby” Hohenstein (George), nieces and nephews Anne Wilkinson and Cynthia Davis and their families.
The family would also like to thank the many wonderful home health aides, led by Anita Liquier and Linasia Parker, who have given Rabbit so much love and care over the past five and a half years.
The Open House to Celebrate Rabbit Life will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 1-5 p.m. at her home on 1 Coastland Drive, Plattsburgh, New York.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Memory of a Bunny for the Nursing Program at SUNY Plattsburgh.
The arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Condolences can be offered online at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.
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