Rowena Normand-Mallon passed away on Oct. 20, 2010, at Garden Valley Manor Kansas City, Mo. Throughout her last year, North Care Hospice provided excellent additional care and services, as Rowena faced the final stages of Alzheimer's.
She was born Rowena Marie Burch on Oct. 7, 1925, and raised in Kansas City, Mo. Rowena graduated from East High School, where she performed in Drama Club and played clarinet in the band. Rowena attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, majored in art and minored in journalism. She worked in the fashion industry in Kansas City and Los Angeles in addition to writing a fashion column for the Los Angeles Herald. Covering the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, she fell in love with skiing. She left L.A. behind, moved to Mammoth Lakes and became an avid skier.
On a ski train trip to the Wood River Valley, Rowena was charmed by the setting and Sun Valley skiing. Moving to Sun Valley in the late 1960's, she opened Rowena's Sport Chalet in the historic Blaine County Jail building, currently Bobbie Burns' shop. Rowena's beloved Saint Bernard, Sigi, frequently served as greeter with keg in tow. Rowena played the part of Nell in the Blackjack Ketchum Shootout Gang. A champion of animal rights and a passionate dog advocate, Rowena was one of the founders of the original Animal Hospice, which is now the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.
Rowena met and married Richard Mallon, a lifelong local. They were members of the David Ketchum American Legion Post 115. Dick served as post commander and Rowena served with the women's auxiliary. The Mallons were one of the first residents of South Woodside. In recent years, Rowena enjoyed living at Park Village in Parkville, Mo., near her daughter, Terry.
An artistic, bright, beautiful and spirited redhead, Rowena possessed a keen curiosity and zest for life. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a kind, warm-hearted, thoughtful and generous friend. Rowena lived a full and adventurous life. She touched many hearts on her journey of 85 years.
Rowena is survived by her sister, Marjorie Camps of San Antonio, Texas; son, Tom Tramill of Ketchum, Idaho; daughter, Terry Crossland of Lake Waukomis, Mo.; granddaughter, Joette and Brian Giardina; great-granddaughter, Marlee Giardina of Lakeland, Fla.; and niece and son, Melissa and Steven Woods of Glendale, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Mallon, and her sister, Beverly Woods. Rowena was laid to rest next to her mother, Winnie Frances Burch, and her father, Austin Perry Burch, at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Kansas City.
A gift in her memory may be made to the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, Box 1498, Hailey, ID 83333 or to North Care Hospice, 2900 Clay Edwards Drive, North Kansas City, MO 64116. People can contact her daughter, Terry Crossland, at (816) 797-2552 or 703 South Shore Drive, Lake Waukomis, MO 64151 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or her son, Tom Tramill, at (208) 726-3757 or Box 403, Sun Valley, ID 83353 or at Mountain View Grocery south of Ketchum.