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Elsie Marie Cowan

          Elsie Marie Cowan, 87 of Balko died on April 29, 2017 in Perryton, Texas.  She was born October 19, 1929 in Guymon, Oklahoma.

          She was active in the Boyd Women’s Club, Balko 4-H, and she was a member of the Balko Baptist Church.  Elsie was also known for her many years of quilting and delicious home cooking.  Very dear to her heart was making quilts for Boy’s Ranch students for many years. 

          She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin (Dude) Cowan; her parents; and, a son, Loyd Ray Cowan; a son-in-law, Bill O’Dell; and 4 sisters Alma, Rene, Dorothy and Barbara.

          She is survived by nine children:  Alvin Cowan, Jr. and wife, Rennie, of Perryton, Texas;  Linda O’Dell of Balko; Martha Dunn and husband, Larry of Elkhart, Kansas; Lola Douglas of Balko; Judy Bennett and husband, Thomas, of Rockwall, Texas, Janet Gift and husband, Harold, of Port Lavaca, Texas; Leland Cowan and wife, Debora, of Balko; Bruce Cowan and wife, Tracey, of Perryton;  and Tommy Cowan, of Balko.  She had 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by 3 sisters, Ruby, Laveta and Jane.

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To each of you, children of Elsie and Dude, your mother, as you know, was a very special lady who has touched so many lives and will continue to do so on a daily basis.  She has been an inspiration for me since I was a child.  She came to our house frequently to check out library books from Mom's Traveling Library and always had a big smile on her face as she left with an armful of books.  She warmed my heart so.  She lead me through, and continues to lead me through difficult times while raising my son.  She shared her wisdom, courage, love and fortitude.  She has blessed so many lives throughout her life time and I will always hold her in my heart and soul for being in my life.  God Bless each of you children and your families.

Janell (Pierce) Greenwood May 3 2017 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to the family. Elsie was always a special person to me...all the years I was the Director at the Sheltered Workshop.  Will Ray worked with us for about 20 years.  Elsie would bring us goodies...and see that the Balko Ladies made us at least one  special meal a year, and sometimes more than one a year.   They donated a hand made quilt to raffle off.  She was a real champion to us,  and we loved her.  So glad I had the privilege to know Elsie.  Sending love and prayers for the family.  I know she will be missed.
Pat Sandusky

Pat Sandusky May 2 2017 12:00 AM