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OBIT: COWAN, Doris MaryAnn - November 6, 2001 - Edmonton

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Seattle Times, November 6, 2001
Doris MaryAnn COWAN
Born on March 17, 1922 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Percy Oliver Hardy,
who came to Canada from Nottington, England and Josephine Antoinette
Painsonneault, whose ancestors came from France in 1634.  She spent her
childhood in Edmonton and left to work on the Alcan Hi-way in 1943 and at
the U.S. Air Base in Ft. St. John, B.C.  There she met her husband Les
Cowan.  They married in Edmonton on July 20, 1946 and she travelled around
the U.S. and to Europe in nearly 20 years as an Air Force wife before Les
retired and settled in Seattle to work for Boeing. In addition to raising six 
children, she had a wide variety of interests--in Thailand she rode an elephant
and in Mexico she para-sailed (at age 65). She loved rafting at the family 
cabin on Salmon-la-Sac, also in Cairns, Australia and on Oregon rivers.  She 
also loved the Magnolia Ski Bus and the Magnolian's Dance Club as well as the 
Comus Club which became part of the Emerald City Dance Club.  She enjoyed 
golfing at the Glen Acres Golf Club, then at the West Seattle and Jackson 
Courses.  She played bridge and was a member of the Magnolia Community Center 
Bridge Group and the Magnolia Womens Club. Doris is survived by her husband 
of over fifty five years, Leslie Cowan, and six of her seven children, JoAnn, 
Lee, Barbara, Tina, Donna, and Kevin (Jerry died when he was four years old).  
Her grandchildren are Jacob Cowan, Bethany Cowan, Brooke Hardman, Max Cohen, 
Kristin Cowan, Kimberly Hardman, Mark Peckham and Jessica Cowan.  Also surviving 
are her three brothers, Kenneth Hardy of Vancouver, B.C., Jim Hardy of Edmonton; 
and Neal Hardy of Seattle; and all of their children. Born on Saint Patrick's 
Day 1922, she died on October 31, 2001 at Camp Pendleton Hospital in California.  
Her husbnd, six children and three grandchildren were there to say goodbye. 
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 3218 
W. Barrett St., Seattle, WA, on Saturday, November 17 at 1:30 p.m.  A Vigil 
Service will be held the night before at Fatima commencing at 7 p.m. A private 
interment Service will be held later at Holyrood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, 
a donation is suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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