Blanche Cowan, 98, retired school teacher and homemaker, died Wednesday (Jan. 31, 2001) at Kansas Christian Home.
She was born Aug. 22, 1902, to John Wesley and Mary Elizabeth Montgomery in Washington County, Ind. They preceded her in death. She married John Alexander Cowan June 1, 1930, in Newton. He preceded her in death Nov. 3, 1997.
Following the death of her mother, she lived with her aunt and uncle Sarah and Horace Trotter in Hardinsburg, Ind. She attended school in Hardinsburg graduating from Hardinsburg High School in 1920. Following her graduation she moved to Newton to live with her father.
She attended Kansas State University and received her lifetime teachers certificate. She taught in one-room schoolhouses and often had to go early and stoke the coals for heat in the building. After raising her children, she went back to school at Bethel College and graduated in August 1960 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught sixth grade at Roosevelt, Washington and Lincoln schools in Newton until her retirement at age 70. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, both of Newton, the Retired Teachers Association and K.P.E.R.S. In 1973 she and her husband retired from farming and moved from the family farm south of Newton into town.
Survivors include: a son, Bruce Cowan of Newton; two daughters, Alice Stahl of Sedgwick and Lois Markley of Howard; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by: four sisters, Edith Shirk, Birdie Hill, Ethel Wait and Lillian Groneman; and two grandsons, Jerry Stahl and Mike Cowan.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with family greeting friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Keating officiating.
Burial will be in Restlawn Gardens of Memory.
Memorials have been established with First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.