Rowena Pine

Memorial services for Rowena J. Nehrbass Pine, 84, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.  She died on Friday, June 15, 2012.

Rowena was born on March 16, 1928 in Lawrence, KS the daughter of Herbert Christian and Rose Viola Hammig Nehrbass.

She lived in Lawrence most of her life.

Rowena began serving on staff of the First United Methodist Church in 1960.  She was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.  She served in that capacity from 1981 – 1993.  She then accepted a position as the Chaplain at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor from 1996 until she retired in 2004. She received COSROW recognition from the United Methodist Church.  In 2003, she was installed as Diaconal Minister Emerita of First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.

She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Phi Mu Sorority, Kappa Phi, (Legion of Light member).  She belonged to several bridge groups, and was a member of Chapter CW of the PEO Sisterhood.

She  married Kenneth C. Pine on January 28, 1949 in Lawrence.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include one daughter, Penny Lynn Pine Hemphill, and husband, Charles, Lawrence; two grandchildren, Sarah Louise Taylor, and husband, Jeremy, Denver, CO, Samuel Hunter Hemphill, Lawrence, two step-great grandchildren; one sister, Joyce Nehrbass Elliott, and husband, Carl, Pasadena, TX; one brother, Carl Nehrbass, and wife, Helen, Sherman, TX, and a brother-in-law, Paul Pankratz, Midland, MI  Earlier, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Phyllis Pankratz.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence or to the St. Andrew’s Society and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


15 Condolences

  1. Teresa Griffin-Guntert on June 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I am so very sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing, Penny. What a wonderful heritage she has left for your and your family, as for many others as well. I pray that the bitterness of death is quickly removed as it is replaced with all the sweet memories that have been manifested and stored up in your heart and spirit for your lifetime.

  2. Faye Welcher and Rusty Mort on June 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    So Very sorry to hear of Mrs. Pine passing away. Don~t know if you remember us or not but Rusty used to come to your house for cookies. He has lived in Reno, Nevada for 21 years now. But when he`s home, speaks of you often. Please accept our condolences. Faye and Rusty Cindy and Buster.

  3. Jennifer Estes on June 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Your mother was a pillar of strength for all who were blessed to have know.I to loved her as my mother. Penny, private prayers for your family knowing her light still shines within you .

  4. Joan Stevenson on June 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I know you will greatly miss Rowena, Ken. And you will too Penny. She was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

    Joan S. and Jane S. Craig

  5. Jan ( great niece & God daughter) on June 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    i am so sorry to hear about Aunt Rowenas passing. All my love and prayers to Uncle Kenny and their children and families…Jan Wakefield Stockman League City Texas

  6. Tim Nehrbass on June 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    May the Lord grant you peace in your loss Ken.
    Tim Nehrbass family

  7. Diana Jones-Poorman on June 17, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always

  8. VELMA & CONNIE SKINNER on June 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm


  9. Erin Joyce-Awalt on June 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Mrs. Pine will be in my memories forever. She was always so kind and funny. Thank you for making this little girls visits to the office so much fun. And you were right, I never should have drank the coffee. I never grew! Thinking of all of your family and friends in this time of sorrow.

  10. Rick and Cindy Pine on June 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    We’re very sorry to hear about Rowena. She was delight to be around. Your family will be in our prayers.

  11. Bob & Patsy Moody on June 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Ken and family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Rowena’s death. She always treated everyone with love and respect and in turn, received the same. Her life has touched many and left a substantial impact on most she touched. She will be greatly missed.

  12. Anita Williams on June 19, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Ken and family, We’re so sorry to learn of Rowena’s death. She was the reason we joined FUMC Lawrence in 1977 after our son Michael was born. What a wonderful, caring woman with a heart for God and all people. Anita and Roger Williams, Loveland, Colorado

  13. Barb Henry on June 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Dear Ken and Family,

    I am truly saddened to learn of the loss of Rowena. She was an amazing woman, a role model for the young women and ladies of our church and a very special friend to me. I talked about and looked forward to seeing Rowena at church when I was a young girl and I continued to seek her out when at church while visiting home when I lived away and again, upon my return to Lawrence several years ago. I loved Rowena and enjoyed visiting with her. I will forever cherish the memories of Rowena’s beautiful smile that always reached all the way up to her twinkling eyes, her kind manner and careful way of listening and the interest she always showed in me.

    In your time of grief, may stories about the wonders of her life and tales about the special joy, warmth and strength she brought to others give you much comfort indeed.

    I regret that I will not be able to attend services to convey my condolences in person but please know that Rowena will always, always hold a very special place in my heart.

    My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    In sympathy,

    Barb Henry

  14. Connie Nehrbass on June 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Rowena was referred to by many I knew as “a peach of a person”. She certainly was that. I am so glad I got to see her at Annual Conference. She looked so pretty!

  15. Janet Pine Walters on June 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Ken, I’m so sorry to hear of Rowena’s passing. We will keep you in our prayers. Take care of yourself. She is in good hands.

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