Phyllis T. (Terry) McGowan

Born: Sat., Oct. 27, 1923
Died: Sat., Sep. 8, 2012

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Sep. 17, 2012
Location: Congregational United Church of Christ

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On September 8, 2012, Phyllis Terry McGowan passed away peacefully in her home in Buena Vista, Colorado. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Robert A. and Lea McGowan, Jr., Barb and John Groy, Linda McGowan, Terry and Laura McGowan and Christine and Gary Logan; by her grandchildren: Scott and Bobby Blalock, Danny and Michael Groy, Cas and Terry Foste, Ashley McGowan, Jacob and Jessica McGowan, Taylor, Jayde and Rylee Logan; and by her great-grandchildren Morgan Gavin, Lauren, Madelyn and Sophia Blalock, Scott, Caylee and Ryan Groy and Zenya Gutjhar. Numerous nieces and nephews and one brother-in-law Larry McGowan also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents, younger brother and sister, by her husband Robert A. McGowan, M. D. and his parents and younger brother and sister and her grandson John Robert Groy.
Phyllis T. McGowan was born on October 27, 1923, in Washington D.C. She was the first born of three to Leo Claude and Mary Caldwell Terry. Before attending first grade, she moved to District Heights in Maryland. They moved to New Orleans some years later where she graduated high school in 1941 and attended two years at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1944, she met Robert Ashley McGowan at the Rayne Memorial Methodist Church. A year later on September 15, 1945 they were married. After the first two children, Robert, Jr. and Barbara, were born, they spent two years in Portugal learning Portuguese and then another eight years as missionaries mostly at the Missão de Bunjei (Bunjei Mission) in the Posto de Galangue, (Galangue Post) in Angola, Africa. The latter three children, Linda, Terry and Christine, were born at the Missão de Dondi in Angola, which had a large hospital as well as dormitories for missionary school children. In 1961 she and her children spent a year with family in New Orleans while her husband finished missionary work in the war-torn country of Angola. From there they moved to Denver, Colorado where for a year she was a temporary minister’s wife at Kirk of Bonnie Brae United Church of Christ. They then moved to Buena Vista where “Doc” began his medical career as Buena Vista’s permanent doctor and she settled in to raise a family of five. She helped with clerical work at the Buena Vista Medical Clinic and played the organ at church. They moved to the Collegiate Peaks Golf Course in 1976 and retired to their home in 1993. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995 with many friends and family. Phyllis was a wiz at crossword puzzles, played Bridge with her loyal group of friends, loved African violets, was an avid bird watcher, loved to read, enjoyed old movies, played golf and had a deep devotion and acceptance for all the family. She faced her final days with strength, endurance and grace. She is greatly missed by her loved ones.
Memorial services are pending due to notification of kin and will be posted shortly. Instead of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM, For more information, please contact Reverend Rebecca Kemper Poos at 395-2544.

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Douglas Thorp
   Posted Mon September 10, 2012
My condolences & prayers to the McGowan family. Sorry for your loss.

Janet Gibbens Moore
   Posted Tue September 11, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Your Mother was a wonderful woman. I have lots of great memories of her.

John and Sue Mortimer
   Posted Tue September 11, 2012
Prayers for all of you. Phyllis was a wonderful woman and she will be missed.

Dawn Dague
   Posted Tue September 11, 2012

So sorry for you loss. I hope you find peace and laughter in memories. My thoughts are with you and your entire family.

Dawn Dague

Bill and Judy Pauley
   Posted Tue September 11, 2012
Our thoughts are with all of you at this time. May your memories of your wonderful mother and grandmother sustain you in this time of sorrow.

Mark Jones
   Posted Tue September 11, 2012
I am very sorry for your loss. Phyllis was a gem of a women. She was caring of all and passionate about life. I have a lot of fond memories of her. She never had a harsh thing to say about anybody or anything -- even when the neighborhood kids played our music too loud in the basement she took it all in stride. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Sherri Spengler (Schildknecht)
   Posted Thu September 13, 2012
I am sorry for the loss of your Mom, I have alot of good memories of her at church, and with your Dad. My God comfort your family at this time.

Rick Godsey
   Posted Tue October 02, 2012
My condolences to all of the McGowan family. I have many fond memories of your Mother & Father. May God continue helping you through this time of loss.

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