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Clara Belle (Morton) Cowan (1866-1911)


Posted By: jane austin (email)
Date: 2/18/2016 at 01:39:04

Obituary of Mrs. R. Cowan
Good Lady's Death Brought Great Sorrow
Good Wife and Mother
Mrs. Cowan was 45 Years of Age and Came to O'Brien County in 1878

On Wednesday evening, July 26, at Samaritan Hospital in Sioux City occurred the death of Mrs. Robert Cowan of Jeffers, Minn., following an operation performed the previous day. The first reports received by her friends in Paullina had been so encouraging that the tidings of her death brought surprise and grief. Her husband and a sister of Sioux City were with her until the end, her children from Jeffers arriving a few hours after her death.

Clara Belle Morton was a daughter of the late James Morton, an early settler of Primghar. She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1866, coming with the family to O'Brien county in 1878.

She was married March 5, 1885, to Robert Cowan of Dale township, where they made their home for some time on a farm now occupied by Olaus Idso. After living several years in Primghar, they removed to Jeffers, Minn., where they have since resided. Surviving are her husband and children, Margaret, Walter, Claribel (?) and Robert, also two brothers and three sisters, J.H. Morton of ___, Chas. Morton, Richmond, S.D., Mrs. Susie Morton, Superintendent of the Shesler Deaconesses' Home, Sioux City.

Mrs. Cowan was a woman of rare character, the strength of which lay her gentleness and sympathy rather than force. Through the varied experiences of their married life, "the heart of her husband has safely trusted in her," and to her children she was a mother of unfailing resource and unstinted devotion. In their home life she set up a high standard of Christian living and herself led the way to its attainment. Wherever she went her ready sympathy and sweet courtesy won for her enduring friendship, and to a very large circle of relatives and friends, as well as to a sadly bereaved family, her death comes as an inestimable loss.

The funeral was held in Windom, a short service at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Cowan preceding that in the Methodist church at which Rev. Connard, of Windom, officiated. Among those who attended were Miss Morton of Sioux City, J.H. Morton, Moville, Mrs. William Aitken, Miss Agnes Cowan, John Cowan Jr., W Scott and John Cowan Sr. of Paullina.

Paullina Times, Paullina, Iowa, August 4, 1911, p1


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