Kiers Marie Rowley, 48, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on May 10, 2018. Born to Dennis & Jan Downing on September 10, 1969, Kiers was one of three daughters. She graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, IA and earned her master’s degree in vocal performance from University of Missouri, Kansas City. She married Steve Rowley on June 5, 1993. Their marriage was full of love and they enjoyed traveling together. She loved being a music teacher and then dedicated her life to raising her family. They welcomed 3 children, Chandler, Conrad, and Ella. These three blessings were her most treasured gifts on this earth. She loved them fiercely and some of her happiest moments were hearing their laughter echo through the halls of their home. She also enjoyed time with family and friends. Kiers loved to plant flowers and landscape. She looked forward to spring every year and filling every pot with unique and beautiful flowers. She enjoyed Bible studies throughout her youth and adult life and was always seeking to deepen her love of Jesus.
Kiers loved the Lord. Next to her children, her faith and testimony is her greatest legacy. As a young adult she invested in the lives of hundreds of youth through music and theater. Throughout her cancer journey, she witnessed to countless people and was a spiritual warrior on the front lines of furthering His kingdom of believers. Her powerful ripple effect of defeating the enemy and glorifying God through all situations has been inspiring. Lives have been changed by her fervent love for those dealing with cancer. She & Steve helped Dr. Jaggernauth found the H8 Cancer Foundation and cofound TOMSTOCK with the Tom & Carman Duvall. Other than her husband and children, Kiers is survived by her parents, Dennis & Jan Downing; two sisters, Shea Painter (Steve) and Mecah Falk (Eric); nieces and nephews that loved her dearly; aunts and uncles who helped shape her; many cousins who she loved and a special circle of friends that she adored spending time with.