Judith Ann Rowson, 77, of Portsmouth, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 at her home. Judy was born December 17, 1943 in Portsmouth, a daughter of the late Larry & Lorraine Gowdy Cook.
A 1961 Portsmouth High School graduate, Judy was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church. She had worked at the former Portsmouth Banking Co., for the N&W Railway Co. (later Norfolk Southern Railway Co.) and at the Scioto County Courthouse. An avid tennis player and Life Center pickleball player, Judy loved to travel. She especially enjoyed the annual girls’ cruise with her daughters and granddaughter.
Surviving is her husband of 56 years, John D. Rowson II, whom she married April 26, 1964 in Portsmouth. Also surviving are her daughters, Jodi (Tom) Ruppelli of Medina and Julie (John) Voorhies of Loveland; her brother, Bill (Lois Fenton) Cook of Portsmouth; two sisters, Susie Cook and Sharon Cook-Green, both of Portsmouth; four grandchildren, Jordyn Ruppelli, Jake Ruppelli, Brandon Voorhies and Connor Voorhies; several nieces, nephews and their families; and her beloved Yorkie, Bo.
In addition to her parents, Judy was also preceded in death by maternal grandparents who reared her, Brooks and Alta (Coriell) Gowdy.
Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Monday at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth with Rev. John Gowdy officiating and interment in Memorial Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 A.M. until the funeral hour. Masks will be required in accordance with local health regulations.
Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th St. Portsmouth, OH 45662 and Sierra’s Haven for New & Used Pets, 80 Easter Dr., Portsmouth, OH 45662.