COWIN, Florence; The family of Florence Cowin gives thanks to God for her life, which came to a close on December 19, 2013, and invites her friends to a service of celebration on January 18.
Florence was born in Taber, Alberta in 1920 of Welsh heritage. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton during WW II, when penicillin was first introduced to her hospital. After a 10-year career during which her favourite ward was Men’s Surgical, she wed Jack Cowin in 1953 with her sister Irene Watkins at her side. Jack was a fellow Albertan, a veteran who had just begun his teaching career in Maple Ridge. Bob and Maureen were soon born, and in time two grand-daughters came along. Florence so enjoyed watching Beth and Laura grow and flourish; in turn they enjoyed their Nain’s propensity to infectious fits of giggles. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law of many years, Judy, whose periodic interest in jigsaw puzzles always sparked the same comment from Florence: “Here is a piece, it must go somewhere!”. Florence was a strong, contented person who quietly drew people to her and helped them connect with one other. An active participant in her church, she contributed her gifts of listening and wisdom, and received the warmth of community. The family thanks Nancy Thomson for her long friendship, particularly for supporting Florence the day of Jack’s sudden death in 1977 and during more recent physical challenges. Thanks also to the Brown family for their love over the past 20 years. Her memorial service will be held at Golden Ears United Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge on Saturday, January 18 at 10:30 am. Memorial gifts may be made to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada www.united-church.ca/funding/msfund.
Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca