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Mary Elizabeth Cowan


Mary Elizabeth Cowan

   Mary Elizabeth Cowan abandoned her wheelchair at the Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial Home on December 12, 2019. Born on October 26, 1929 in Saint John, NB, to the late Robert Murray and Mary Addy (Morrill) Cowan, she has been a treasure in our world.

   Upon graduating from nursing at the top of NB’s class, Mary studied midwifery in Edinburgh, Scotland before moving to India to work under the Canadian Baptist Missions Board. After 10 years, recurring bouts of malaria forced her to return to Canada. When her health allowed, she returned to nursing, this time in Toronto. When she retired, Mary volunteered at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in the veteran’s wing. Her Dad fought at Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge and Mary always held our veterans in high regard.

   With the help of techy friends, Mary pursued her love of genealogy. We benefit from her extensive work and the records she gifted to us. She mastered any needlework she set her hand to, enjoyed her camera, the kids in the church family, feasting on fresh veggies, and her annual summer trips back to NB.

   In December 2016, with the help of Mary’s Blythwood Road church family in Toronto, and Camden Park Terrace in Moncton, we moved Mary back to New Brunswick. During her years at Spencer’s, she reveled in being near her brother James, and in having nieces, nephews, great and great-great ones, coming to visit. When we arrived with our pets, she grinned even more. There was such joy when Sharon brought Hannah Stairs to visit. Friendships stand the test of time. Mary savored the chapel services, drinking in precious scripture and blessed by the beauty and power of familiar old hymns. She loved Jesus. She chose to make the best of every situation.

   Glad to call her "Aunt Mary" are Paul (Donna) Cowan of New Minas, NS, Beth (Dan) Power of Salisbury, NB, Barb (Paul) Parker of Stoney Creek, NB, and David (Tara) Cowan of Rothesay, NB

   She follows her parents, her brother James Cowan and his wife Dorothy, her sister, Hilda Mott and her husband Robert, and her great-great niece Madeline Joy Power to GLORY.  Home for Christmas!

   Resting at Salisbury Funeral Home (372-4800) from where visitation will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from Noon – 1 pm immediately followed by Funeral Service at 1 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be held in Pine Hill Cemetery, at a later date.

   If desired, memorials to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Service Date
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Service Time
1 pm
Service Location
Salisbury Funeral Home Chapel

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Visitation Time
Noon to 1 pm
Visitation Location
Salisbury Funeral Home

Burial Location
Pine Grove Cemetery, Corn Hill, NB

Requested Charity
Donor's Choice