Shirley Jean Triplett Rowton, 86, of Paducah passed from this life Sunday morning, November 21st at Calvert City Convalescent Center, after a long and hard-fought battle with dementia/Alzheimer’s.
A very special Christmas gift to her parents Claude and Bertha Triplett, Shirley entered this world on Christmas Day, 1934. A graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School, she worked for the state of Kentucky 40 years, most of which as a state supervisor at the unemployment office in the division of unemployment insurance in Paducah, earning multiple leadership awards during her tenure, before retiring in 1994. She was a Duchess of Paducah and a Kentucky Colonel. She had a great love for gardening and tending to her flowers, was an excellent cook, and had a great love for her family, always eagerly anticipating the days where they could all visit and share time together.
She is survived by her 2 sons, David (Lisa) Rowton and Nathan (Shawn) Rowton, grandsons Ethan, Alek (Heather), Parker, Davis, and Rob Lee, granddaughters Mandy and Maggie, great-grandson Liam, sister Cynthia Colson, brother, Billy (Sandy) Triplett all of Paducah, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, Paul Rowton, brothers James Triplett and John Triplett, sisters Betty Malray, Datha Carter and Mildred Barnett.
Services will be held at Hughes Funeral Home on Sunday, November 28th with visitation between noon and 2pm, and services to be held at 2pm with Pastor Andy Clausen officiating. Entombment will be held Monday, November 29th at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, with donations available online at http://www.alz.org, or by mail to 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.
You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.hughesfuneral.com.
Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.