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Theaople "Theo" Fowler Obituary

Theaople "Theo" W. Fowler

June 3, 1916 - February 28, 2019
Born in McGehee, Arkansas
Resided in Carmel, California
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Theaople “Theo” Fowler passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019. Theo lived an amazing life for over 102 years. She loved God and her family above all. Her Bible was never far from her. The cover is tattered with only remnants of the bindings. There is not a page that has not been read uncountable times - a lifetime of handwritten notes and memories fill the pages. She spent countless hours with God and is with Him now. Theo was born in 1916 in McGehee, Arkansas and later moved near Fremont, Nebraska where her great grandparents had homesteaded in the early 1800’s. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in teaching. She knew Lyman Fowler growing up in her church and later started dating him as a freshman at university. They became inseparable and were married in 1937. They moved to California in 1940 and Theo started teaching in Half Moon Bay and later at Roosevelt and Monterey Park schools in Salinas. She was a remarkable teacher for over 30 years. Several former students have stated that Mrs. Fowler was by far the toughest and most demanding teacher they had ever had, but in a seeming contradiction, also their favorite teacher. Theo had three children: Connie (Bruce) Reeves, Kirk (Cynthia) Fowler, and Kent (Cindy) Fowler. She also endured the sorrow of the loss of 2 other sons at birth. She loved her children deeply and treasured her time with them. Over the years, Theo’s family grew to include 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Theo was the glue that kept the family together. Countless gatherings and barbecues were hosted by Theo and Lyman. There are treasured memories of family gatherings for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter - lots of laughter, football games and incredible smells from Theo’s Midwest inspired cooking. From her homemade jams and applesauce to her homemade soup and cinnamon rolls served on cold winter days, her cooking was unsurpassed. One of her loves was baking, which she did well into her 90’s, delivering baked goods to employees and friends alike in the community where she lived. Theo always gave back to her community and church and until recently was involved in numerous groups and philanthropic efforts. She served as a deacon for the Salinas and Carmel Presbyterian churches, was active in the American Assoc. of University Women, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Grange and 4-H. She and Lyman started the Friendship Club at the First Presbyterian Church in Salinas which created fellowship opportunities over potluck dinners and travel opportunities where Lyman and Theo organized and led groups on domestic and international trips. As Theo and Lyman neared retirement, they moved to Pine Canyon and started Green Needles Christmas Tree Farm. This was a fun project that provided the opportunity for the family to play and work together for many November and December weekends. Many wonderful memories were made there. Their Pine Canyon home with an incredible Salinas Valley view was one of Theo’s favorite places. Within this same time period, Theo and Lyman also took many memorable trips with their grandchildren, including a national parks road trip with 6 grandchildren in a van - a brave and unforgettable adventure. Fully retired in 1986, Theo and Lyman moved to Carmel Valley Manor where they continued to be involved in church and the Manor. For close to 20 years, Theo organized Vespers, a weekly church service at the Manor, bringing in guest pastors and arranging for music and readings. Lyman passed away in 2000 and although Theo missed Lyman terribly she continued on strongly with faith and optimism. She was very grateful for her wonderful family, friends and the caring Manor staff. Theo was an incredible woman - strong, tough, caring, loved her family and friends, and had an unshakeable faith and love of God. Those of us that knew her over her lifetime are very fortunate and she will be greatly missed. Theo’s family will celebrate her life in a private remembrance




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Struve and Laporte Funeral Home
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901