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Mary C. Cowan

March 11, 2014

Rossville-Mary C. Cowan, 69, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Midland Hospice House on March 11, 2014, after a long, hard fought battle with COPD.

Mary was born in Rossville on December 25, 1944, to Edward and Winifred Yocum Besta.  She grew up in the Rossville/Delia area and graduated from Delia High School in 1962.

After staying at home to raise her children, she went to work as a special needs paraprofessional for USD # 321 and retired after 20 years of service.  She was an active member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville.

Mary enjoyed being active and loved playing softball in her younger years.  She enjoyed going fishing with her husband, gardening, sewing, and refinishing antique furniture.  There wasn’t much she couldn’t catch, grow, make or make look new and she was an amazing cook.  She would have much rather gone outside to play a game of catch than go shopping any day and for this reason she was the perfect mother for 5 boys.  She was extremely patient and had a calming presence about her, a trait that would draw people of all ages to her.  Her family was her life and she did not miss any of her son’s events as they grew up.  She continued to attend many of her grandchildren’s events as long as she could.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her tremendous joy and were the bright spots on even her darkest days.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Clinton Kerwin, a brother, Eddie Besta and a sister, Teresa Marney.

On October 5, 1963 she was united in marriage to Ron Cowan at Sacred Heart Church in Delia.  They enjoyed 50 years together.  Ron survives of the home.

Other survivors include her five sons, John (Brigette), Topeka, Rod (Deana), Maple Hill, Kelly, Maple Hill, Kevin (Val) Wichita and Shane (Kelly) Cowan, Allen, TX; her grandchildren, Tyler (Sarah), Shelby, Corey, Lacey, Jericka, Annalyn, Kaegan, Shaemus, Grace, Ford, Shanan and Karli; two great-grandchildren Easton and Tyce; two brothers, Bennie Besta, Rossville and Bob (Susan) Kerwin, Topeka; her sister, Terri Kerwin, Topeka; a brother-in-law, Bob Marney, Holton and a sister-in-law Nancy Besta, Topeka.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville.  Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery.  There will be a Rosary recited at 6:00 P.M. Friday at the church followed by a visitation until 8:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church or Midland Hospice House and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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10 thoughts on “Mary C. Cowan

  1. Although, I do not know the family personally, I want to share how I have found comfort in times like these. In his Word, God invites us at 1 Peter 5:7: “while you throw all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.” God cares for each of you personally and wants to comfort you. (Jeremiah 29:12,13) My condolences to the family.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. I know she will be missed by many but imagine how wonderful she is feeling upon her heavenly arrival. God Bless her family with his comfort and love.

  3. Cowan Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Such a sweet little lady. You all will miss her so………but no more pain, no more fear. She is safe & well in God’s loving hands and will wait to welcome you all when you go to meet her again. May she rest in peace. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and may you find comfort in the many memories of your dear, sweet Mary.
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur,Jr. ~ Mick,Tami,Brent & Haylie Jo

  4. I only knew Mary C from one year at Stone School. I think the was in the 1st, or maybe 2nd grade. Her favorite saying back then was “Its as easy as fallin’ off a log.”
    My condolences to her many family members.

  5. Mary C. was the cousin closest to me in age but just a bit older and much wiser. Please pass along condolences from myself, my wife Vickie, and our son Sean.

  6. We are so very sorry to hear of Mary C. passing. May you find comfort in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Our love & prayers,
    Joe & Pauline Conley

  7. To the Cowan boys: We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. A mother is a special gift and she was extra special for raising 5 ornery boys. We are praying God will give you comfort and peace in your heart. Scott and Holly

  8. We were so sorry to hear of the death of Mary. She was a sweet lady and such a great paraprofessional. May it comfort you to know that your friends care.

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Mary was such a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you right now.

  10. Uncle Ron, John, Rod, Kelly, Kevin, Shane & Families –
    Thank you for sharing Aunt Mary with us. She was someone I knew would accept me for who I am, and that meant and means a lot. I have many fond memories of times I spent with her growing up, times around the dinner table when we commiserated with each other about our crappy holiday birthdays (and Mom would tease her about getting a baby sister for Christmas when what she really wanted was a doll), and those fun times when we joked that Erin cried when she held her because Erin must have known she only had boys. This year, instead of getting a sister for Christmas, Mom will get her sister for her birthday gift.
    I will treasure our last visit in February for years to come. Know that all of us have many of these memories, and they will keep her alive in our hearts as they will in yours. And so I thank you again for sharing. For a tiny little thing she was a very strong lady, and I will miss her.

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