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Marjorie Ruberta Rowe Latta

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Marjorie Ruberta Rowe Latta was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Terre Haute. She died Jan. 4, 2012.

Her parents, Rushton Marfel "Mart" Rowe and Orbie Hudson Rowe, lived on upper 11th Street.

Mart worked in the family business -- A. Rowe and Sons Meat Packing. A. Rowe and Sons had been in operation since 1870. Marjorie would become Vice President of Rowe Packing and one of the last owners with her brother and sisters when it closed operations in 1969.

When Marjorie was 10-years-old, she was one of two children, and probably the last in Terre Haute, to become infected with Small Pox, and nearly died.

When Marjorie was a sophomore at Garfield High School, her mother, Orbie, was for a second time, diagnosed with a brain tumor and subsequently died during surgery in St. Louis. This would become one of the great turning points of her life.

In 1939, Marjorie graduated from Garfield High School.

In the fall of that year, she went to a Halloween Party and met a young man by the name of Dennis Latta.

Dennis' family operated a restaurant, tourist cottages and a gas station in Seelyville, Ind. Within a year, they were united in marriage at All Saints Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.

Marjorie was soon to become a mother as well as a partner in the family business in Seelyville.

Dennis (Denny) was born in 1948, Martin in 1954, and Orbie in 1957.

Marjorie was to take care of and love several animals over the years.

In time, there were three horses, two burrows and several other animals attached to the Latta family.

One of her great rescue missions was her care of Rags, a small, scruffy dog. Rags was so absolutely ugly that he was beautiful.

Marjorie loved to travel. One great memory of these years for her was the vacations that they took with Uncle Howard and Aunt Bertha Schlatter.

The yearly trips to Yellowstone and the Rockies were memorable.

Later in life, she was able to go to Israel. Her observation about the Holy Land: "It was dry, brown and hilly!"

Marjorie was a fairly accomplished musician. As a girl, she was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Choir in Terre Haute. For a time, she was the paid soloist at the Christian Scientist Church in Seelyville.

In the early 50s, she sang in several area musicals. She always said that her favorite was "Brigadoon."

From 1953-67, she attended Cloverland Evangelical United Brethren Church and was active providing many solos and music programs.

She loved to play the piano and being always humorous when asked to play, she would begin by playing, "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," or "I'll be Loving You," and she would sing like Nelson Eddy and Jeanette Macdonald.

Marjorie was a Cub Scout leader. She was an active parent at Seelyville and Lost Creek Elementary.

Marjorie loved and collected old family photos and would carry several albums to family reunions.

It was lots of fun looking at the photos and talking about old times.

Along this line, she enjoyed providing entertainment for family parties and reunions.

Marjorie was from a generation of women who could walk into a kitchen and from a few ingredients, cook a tasty and nutritious meal.

When the kids asked her what she was cooking, she would humorously say, "cat heads."

She was a great hostess. Often, at the Latta household, friends and neighbors would drop in.

They were always welcomed with refreshments and good conversation.

In 1970, Marjorie bought a farm on Bolton Road north of Terre Haute.

She would live there for more than 35 years. It was on Bolton Road that she would find many lifetime friends.

The Bolton Road community was very loving and supporting. She had many happy memories of this period of her life.

Marjorie had three lifetime friends: Barbara Gemmecke, Janet Scholar and her sister, Hilda Mary Chernay.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rushton Marfel "Mart" and Orbie Hudson Rowe, her brother Andrew Rowe, her sister Vera (Rowe) Sumansky, and Hilda Mary (Rowe) Chernay.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Dennis James and Mary K. Latta, Vincennes, and Martin Clifford and Denise Latta, Seelyville, daughter and son-in-law Orbie and Donald Bryan, Seelyville, and by numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Ind.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with service to follow. Rev. Dennis J. Latta will officiate.

Marjorie's grandsons Jeremiah, Matthew, Nicholas, Daniel, Jeffrey and James will be pallbearers.

Please bring your stories and reminiscences of Marjorie to share at the service.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.