RECOGNIZING MRS. JUNE LUCILLE DOWELL ROUSEY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 153
(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2018)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                            HON. JAMES COMER

                              of kentucky

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2018

  Mr. COMER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Mrs. June Lucille Dowell 
Rousey who is celebrating her 90th birthday today. A resident of Casey 
County in the First District of Kentucky, she grew up in a household 
where everyone was welcome around the table and where compassion and 
love of family were treasured values. Mrs. Rousey spent her childhood 
working in the family store where she learned the value of hard work 
and serving others.
  In March of 1947 she married Mr. Robert Rousey, a member of the U.S. 
Navy who would later become President of the Casey County Bank. 
Together they had three children--Barbara, Connie, and Barry--who 
brought them many joyous occasions and a lively extended family. She 
spent her time teaching Sunday School, serving as a 4-H leader, and a 
devoted homemaker and mother who viewed her home as a gathering place 
for all those who needed a loving presence. Mrs. Rousey also began to 
manage her parents' store--then Dowell's Furniture--which still 
operates in downtown Liberty under the supervision of her youngest son, 
Barry. Throughout her marriage to Robert she was a devoted and loving 
wife who steadfastly cared for her husband throughout his bouts of 
illnesses before his passing. Mrs. Rousey always enjoyed vacationing 
and being outdoors with her family, leading her and Robert to build a 
cabin at the old Rousey homeplace in Butchertown. Together they forged 
trails, collected and planted wildflowers, and created a family retreat 
which they shared with school groups, their church, and their fellow 
community members. This location continues to be a haven for gatherings 
and events where their loving legacy lives on.
  Mrs. Rousey stays active as a member of the Casey County Explorers 
Hiking Group and continues to travel internationally and domestically 
with tour groups. At the age of 80, she even rode in a hot air balloon. 
She is an active member of the First Christian Church, maintains her 
garden, continues to investigate health issues and keeps up with 
current events. She enjoys attending family events and stays busy with 
the many weddings, graduations, plays, and birthdays of her 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  Mrs. Rousey is a treasured member of the local community and I join 
with her family and friends to celebrate this milestone birthday. I 
hope the upcoming year is filled with family, friends, and many 
blessings for her.

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