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Virginia Imogene McCowen

Virginia Imogene McCowen, 68, of Mt. Vernon passed away at 3:00 p.m. on 
Monday, November 9, 2009 at her home after a short and courageous battle 
with lung cancer.  Virginia was born August 5th, 1941 in rural Waltonville, 
daughter of Virgil and Aleen (Harrison) Wilson.  She married Richard McCowen 
on October 4th, 1958 in a small private ceremony in Mt. Vernon. 

She is survived by her husband Richard, daughter Vickie M. McCowen and son 
John B. McCowen all of Mt. Vernon; brothers Richard Wilson of California, 
Glendale and wife Donna Wilson of Wisconsin; sisters Margie Richardson of 
Stonington, IL, Betty Hicks of Steelville, IL and special friend of her brother 
Ed, Debbie Butler of Indiana.  Brother-in-law Tom and Della McCowen of Waltonville 
and sister-in-law Rosemary and Vernon Shook of Centralia, IL also survive. 

Surviving grandchildren include Jesse Maynor and Bethanie of Waltonville, 
Ryan Maynor and Angie of Mt. Vernon, Dustin McCowen of Centralia, Amber McCowen 
of Walnut Hill, Wayne and Levi "McCowen" Jones of Dix, and McKinzie McCowen of 
Belleville.  Surviving step great-granddaughter is Carleigh Campbell of Mt. Vernon.  
Surviving great-grandchildren are Rhianna and Isabella Maynor of Mt. Vernon, 
Gabriella Hall of Mt. Vernon also, Melanie Wood and Mara McCowen of Walnut Hill 
and Aunist and Colton Alan McCowen of Springfield, IL.  Many nieces and nephews 
also survive. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Aleen Wilson, father and 
mother-in-law Jarret and Ruth McCowen, one son Richie McCowen, two brothers 
William (little Bill) and Edward Wilson, brother-in-law Jesse Hicks and 
sister-in-law Evelyn Wilson. 

They shared 51 years of marriage. Virginia said she didn't have a big wedding, 
but she had a wonderful 50th anniversary with our family and friends. Virginia 
say you know 50 years really isn't that long. She attended Waltonville High School. 
She went on to become a cosmetologist and later managed The Heil Beauty Supply 
House in Mt. Vernon for 23 years. She was a devoted member of the St. Mary's Catholic 
Church in Mt. Vernon. She loved her church and her fellowship members. She enjoyed 
spending time with her grandchildren and admiring her beautiful flower garden

Visitation will be on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 4 to 7:00 P.M. at 
Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. FUNERAL MASS will be held on Friday, 
November 13, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon with 
Father John Iffert officiating. INTERMENT will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. 
Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association and will be accepted at the 
funeral home, the church, or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, 
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.

Source: Mt Vernon Register-News
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