Cowan, Mary Elizabeth (Constable) (December 12, 1847 - May 20, 1942)

Mrs. Mary Cowan Summoned

Wednesday at the Age of 92 Was Resident of Douglas 41 Years; Funeral Here Friday Afternoon

Douglas Budget - May 21, 1942

Mrs. Mary Cowan, respected resident of Douglas since 1901, passed away quietly at her home on north Sixth street at 2:10 o'clock Wednesday morning. Death came as she slept. She had been gradually losing strength for the past two weeks. She had celebrated her 92nd birthday anniversary last December.

Mary Elizabeth Constable was born on a farm in Washington state on December 12, 1847. She was one of six daughters and no sons. On March 26, 1883, at the age of 34, in New York state, she was married to John Cowan. The year 1897 found the couple at Eagle Grove, Ia. In 1900 they came to Wyoming, their first stop being at Guernsey where they resided about a year.

They moved to Douglas in 1901 and here had been their home until death called. Mr. Cowan died at the Douglas hospital on September 15, 1930. Mrs. Cowan's only daughter, Mrs. Jennie Wittenberg, passed away, also at the Douglas hospital eight or nine years ago.

Survivors are two sons, William L. Cowan of near Kansas City, Mo., and Frank J. Cowan of Casper, the latter being an announced candidate for governor and eight years mayor of Casper.

Mrs. Cowan had become feeble the latter years of her life and following the death of her daughter, Mrs. Cornelia Wyatt had been living with her as companion and helper. Last December her son Frank had taken her to Casper to celebrate her birthday. She remained there until about two weeks ago when she returned to her Douglas home by ambulance.

She was a member of the Congregational church. Mrs. Wyatt speaks of her as a kind and loving mother and a pleasant and friendly companion. Her interests were all for her children and her home.

Funeral services will be held at the Hofmann Chapel Friday afternoon at 2:30. Interment will be in Douglas Park cemetery by the side of the grave of her husband.


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