Mary Lou (McKenney) Rowley, 80, widow of Terrance M. Rowley, of Charleston, S.C., formerly of Brookfield and Southbury, died Dec. 28 in Charleston following a brief illness.

She was born April 7, 1932, in Danbury, daughter of E. Paul and Isabel (Murphy) McKenney. She grew up in Danbury and was a graduate of Danbury High School, Class of 1949.

She married Terry Rowley, her high school sweetheart, and they were happily married for 51 years until his death in 2002.

Mrs. Rowley worked for many years at National Can in Danbury.

She was an active volunteer at St. Joseph Church in Brookfield.

She spent the last year of her life in South Carolina at the home of her son, Tim, enjoying the warm weather, the Southern hospitality and the joyous companionship of three of her grandchildren.

Her greatest pleasures were entertaining family and friends, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and talking regularly with her family and friends.

Mrs. Rowley is survived by three sons, Terrance M. Rowley, and his wife, Kristy, of Naugatuck; Timothy P. Rowley, and his wife, Erica, of Charleston; and Brendan P. Rowley, and his wife, Beth, of Beacon Falls; a daughter, Katie Falkowski, and her husband, Rob, of North Haven; a brother, John McKenney, of Pittsboro, N.C.; a sister, Rita Kraushaar, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Hawthorne, of Kent; 12 grandchildren, Daniel, Connor, Kelsey and Jennie Rowley; Liam, Brooks, and Ava Rowley; Molly and Margaret Falkowski; and Brendan, Andrew and Julia Rowley; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, James McKenney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place today (Friday) at a time to be announced at St. Peter's Church in Danbury. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery.

The Green Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.