Alma Mae Cowan

Alma Mae Cowan, 97, passed away at 7:55 a.m. on March 15, 2018, at her home with her family by her side in Sacramento, Calif. She was known by her family as Neenee.

Born in Central, Grant County, N.M., on Aug. 10, 1920, to Lacy and Ettie Mae Duncan, she and her sister Helen Traynor and brother Eugene Duncan lived in Silver Heights and Pinos Altos. She enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her grandparents John T. and Annie Cybil Oglesby of Pinos Altos. She graduated from Silver City High School and attended one year at State Teachers College before marrying Earle Albert Cowan of Hurley, N.M., on March 1, 1937 at the Baptist Church in Las Cruces. They moved to Waldorf, Md., where Earle was employed by the government.

LM began her 40-year career at the U.S. Naval Powder Factory in Indian Head, Charles County, Md. on April 3, 1942. She had their only child on Oct. 22, 1945, when Brian Duncan Cowan was born.

The family moved to Johannesburg, Calif., in 1946 to work at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station (Naval Air Weapons Station) at China Lake. They lived in base housing on Hornet, McIntire and Rowe streets until moving to 649 N. Peg Street, Ridgecrest, in 1971.

She was an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, was an avid reader and was known to occasionally go to Las Vegas with her husband to gamble on weekends and play bingo during the week. She began raising her grandson, Mark Edward Cowan, in 1980 and retired in December 1982 as an administrative officer.

She moved back home to Silver City, N.M., in 1988 and became an active member of Valley Community Church, which her stepmom, Mayme Duncan and her step-aunt, Lucy Powe were active members. She took care of her mother, sister and brother until each of their passings. After falling ill herself in 2004, she moved to Sacramento to live with her grandson and his family. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981.

Surviving are her son, Brian Duncan Cowan and his wife Lynn Schulyer Herron of Reno, Nev., her grandson Mark Edward Cowan and his wife Nicole Cowan of Sacramento, her granddaughter, Ava Cowan of Reno and her great-granddaughter, Emily Pearl Cowan of Sacramento.

Visitation was on Tuesday, March 27, at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Silver City. The funeral service was on Wednesday, March 28, at Valley Community Church. She is buried in Memory Lane Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.

Services were arranged by Baca’s Funeral Chapels, exclusive provider for “Veterans &Family Memorial Care.” To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit, Hwy 180 East on Delk Dr., Silver City, NM 88062, phone 575-388-2334.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Alma Mae Cowan

Story First Published: 2018-03-30