1924 - 2019
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JO ANN ROWE Born May 9, 1924, in Colorado Springs, Jo Ann Osborn Rowe lived life to the fullest until May 13, 2019. She had just celebrated her 95th birthday. Jo Ann challenged convention and discrimination as a radio and television broadcaster from 1950-1976, raising four children, all born before her thirtieth birthday. Known as "Colorado's Queen of Conversation," Jo Ann was the first female host on radio in Colorado Springs, and a pioneer of call-in radio and television programs with guests that included politicians, diplomats, and world-renowned celebrities. Jo Ann's interest in politics led to her decision to move to Washington, DC, as a White House Correspondent, observing and reporting on Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, GHW Bush, Clinton, and GW Bush until she retired to Las Vegas in 2008. She received national recognition for her PBS television program "Inside the White House" with Helen Thomas, Sarah McClendon, and Betty Beale and published her memoir "Not for Public Consumption" in 2017. Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Prentiss Eldon Rowe. She is survived by her children, Carl Osborn (Dale) Rowe, Prentiss Tomblin (Beverly) Rowe, Melanie Ann (James) Richardson, and David Lee (Elizabeth) Rowe; her grandchildren, Stefanie (Benjamin) Reed, Emily (Rod) Biehl, Shannon Mawson, Erin (Nathan) Hesser, Carlye Rowe, Allison (Allen) Kopp, Taylor (Martin) Miller, Christa Spencer, Schuyler Jourdan Rowe, and Thomas Prentiss Rowe; and seven great-grandchildren. She will also be greatly missed by her special friend, George McCormick. A small memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sat., May 18, at Sienna Hills Assisted Living in Henderson, followed by interment with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery later in the year. Donations in her name may be made to Colorado College/NPR Affiliate KRCC or the Alliance for Women in Media.

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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 17, 2019.
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May 16, 2019
JoAnn you were bigger then Life,when you walked in a Room the party begain. I just Loved being part of your life. You were so full of knowledge , and you had a gift of making people filled, Loved. You surely will be miss my Beauty,
My beautiful Pretty blue eyes. You said it as you saw it. Heaven will injoy you. So much fun to be around, What a life you had ! Vey much Loved by all. you will never be forgotten.
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