Celebrating the life of
Ann Lillian Rowse
October 19, 1938 - December 04, 2022
Ann Lilian Rowse passed away Sunday, December 4th, 2022. She was born as Ann Lilian Rice on October 19th, 1938 in Dulwich, London, England. The eldest of five, she grew up in London during World War II. In the late 1950s, she began working for the US Air Force and eventually relocated to New York City in 1963. She worked for Singer’s flagship store at Rockefeller Center until relocating to Savannah in 1970. Ann worked for many years in the office of The Pirate’s House. She married Lindsay Rowse in 1975. Ann and Lindsay retired to Ajijic, Mexico in 1989, where Ann lived and made many good friends for the next 16 years. In 2005, Ann settled in Sun City Bluffton to be closer to family and lived out her final years as an avid Belk shopper.
She was predeceased by her husband Lindsay, parents Donald and Beatrice “Betty” Rice, and geat-grandson William Harrington Caracci.
She is survived by her daughter, Kay Smith (Jeff) of Pooler, grandsons Adam Caracci (Erin) and Anthony Caracci (Olivia) of Savannah, great-grandson Andrew James Caracci, sisters Lea Mace (Barry) and Margaret Oakley of Hampshire, England, and brothers Graham Rice of Penticton, British Columbia and Donald Rice of Hanover, Germany. She is also survived by lifelong friend Marlys Tassel of Surrey, England, many nieces and nephews, and two beloved cats, Beabear and Reuben.
There will be a graveside memorial at 11 am on December 14th at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Family will receive guests after the memorial.
Kay, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. What a life it appears she lived all around the world. Growing up in England during WWII, getting to live in NY City in the 60's, etc. WOW. Remember the good times you got to share with her over these past years by her moving back closer to Savannah. Tom
- Tom Durrence, Savannah, GA
Kay, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mama; Joey mentioned she has been living with you recently so I know you were close and that makes it really hard. So sad and unfortunate she fell. I am dealing with aging parents myself (dad 96 & mom 87), so I face this difficult day sooner than later. I just hope I can deal with it as strongly and gracefully as so many of my other friends have, and as I pray you will be able to do as well. God bless Ms Ann, you and your family.
- Kerry Stone, Soddy Daisy, TN