Megan Rowe, 1984-2019

Megan Rowe, 34, gently passed from this life on the morning of April 18, with family by her side in Phoenix, Arizona. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 11:00 am at the Queen Creek North Stake chapel, preceded by a viewing and gathering for family and friends at 9:00.

Megan was born May 9, 1984 in Houston, Texas to David and Emily Rowe. Her father was a healthcare administrator in Texas during her early years. Her mother came from the Sun Valley, Idaho area.  The couple met during their education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They moved to Texas in 1979.

A very providencial event occurred during Megan’s infancy when she underwent life-saving surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital.  Her unique challenge was termed “incompatible with life” by doctors but answered by prayer through the renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Denton Cooley, who received the Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award, from President Ronald Reagan that same year.  Over 15 years later a large Houston audience awaited Dr. Cooley’s arrival for yet another national award presentation while Megan’s parents were seated with Dr. Cooley’s wife, Louise Thomas Cooley. Just after hearing how her husband’s surgery had extended Megan’s life to that day, Dr. Cooley entered the ballroom and received a standing ovation.  But before he made his way to the podium Mrs. Cooley beckoned him to their table to first hear the story of his patient, Megan Rowe. While the audience waited, he listened and learned about Megan and asked if he could meet her. With her 16th birthday days away, all agreed to a meeting at his office on that date, to which Dr. Cooley stated enthusiastically, “That would make my day!”

Megan grew up in the Houston, Fort Worth, and Mansfield Texas.  She often spent summers at her grandparents home in Rexburg, Idaho, also visiting other relatives in California, Utah, and Kentucky.   There were many highlights in these and other family travels including priceless time with her cousins, trips to Disney World and water parks, watching a horse race at Churchill Downs, KY,  and seeing the Indiana lodge and gristmill of her ancestor Squire Boone, brother of Daniel.

She graduated from Sugar Land High School in 2003.  She moved on to Gilbert, Arizona where she began a new stage in her education, worklife, and active involvement in her church, all the while touching the hearts of many people.  She attended courses in child development at Mesa Community College and also obtained a certification in medical transcription. During this period she also served an 18-month mission at the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

In later years she was employed as a Marketing Support Representative by WebForce Pro, a website development company, where she set up and tested marketing systems for their clients.  Company leadership recently stated that she was also the “office motivator” and that her smile and laughter lifted the mood of their office and made everyone around her want to be “a better team member” and “a better person.”  They further stated, “One of the best decisions we ever made in our company was to hire Megan.”

She was an active member of the Gilbert Young Single Adult Stake in Gilbert in which she served in many roles.  She devoted her Saturdays to the Mesa LDS temple to support their nursery and volunteered her support to the telemetry unit for cardiology patients at Mountain Vista Medical Center in East Mesa.  In 2017 she joined her parents in building a family home Queen Creek where she served as Primary Teacher in the LDS Queens Park Ward.

Her interests included her family and close friends, biking, swimming, writing, embroidery, and the American political scene.  She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending games of the Phoenix Suns and Diamondbacks, as well following the BYU football and basketball teams.  She devoted much of herself to being a caring friend and family member, reaching out to many in times of need with an uncommon depth of understanding and empathy.  She had an enduring faith in her Savior and strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ

Megan and her family extend their grateful appreciation to the many outstanding friends who helped her grow and enjoy a happy, fulfilling life, including the friends of her childhood and high school years in Texas, a special couple in Gilbert that opened their home to her, all of her roommates and many friends of the LDS Church who joined Megan’s twin sister in funding her medical equipment and taking her to Disneyland in 2015.  In addition, Megan and the Rowe family wish to honor the highly skilled and compassionate clinicians in Texas and Arizona whose invaluable support enhanced her life, especially the incomparable talent and affection of her wonderful friend and cardiologist, Dr. Tabitha Moe.

Megan is survived by her parents, David and Emily Rowe; her twin sister Michelle Ottley and sister Rachel Snyder and their spouses; brothers, Haydn Rowe as well as Derek Rowe, Sean Rowe, and Trevor Rowe and their spouses; and 12 nephews and 8 nieces.

For those wishing to make a donation in Megan’s honor, the Rowe family would appreciate donations to Megan and Dr. Moe’s favorite charity, The Adult Congenital Heart Association at achaheart.org.