Lucelen Johnson Cowan


Lucelen Johnson Cowan, 98, of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away March 8, 2019. She was born on October 16, 1920, in Lithonia, Georgia, the daughter of the late Tom Snell Johnson and Vera Watson Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Joe Paul Cowan, in 1995. Her immediate family includes daughter Joelen Cowan Brown and son-in-law Dr. Robert M. Brown of Blacksburg, Virginia, and daughter Anne E. Cowan of Cartersville; three grandsons: Dr. Robert M. Brown Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Paul T. Brown and his wife Dr. Jennifer Martinsen of Columbia, South Carolina, and Wyatt J. Sweat of Marietta, Georgia; and great-grandson, Louis Noble Brown of Columbia, South Carolina.

Lucelen graduated from Lithonia High School and attended Georgia State College for Women and the Atlanta Business College. She was a homemaker and an active volunteer in her community. As a member of the Sam Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, she served as director of Sunday school classes, vacation Bible school, and MYF during the 1950s and 1960s. She helped to organize the "pink lady" service for the Sam Howell Memorial Hospital, where she worked as a volunteer for many years. While serving as the local president of the Girl Scouts and troop leader in Bartow County, she worked to organize Camp Dorothy Johnson, which became one of the first Girl Scout camps in Georgia. She served as the president of PTA for Cartersville City Schools, "room mother," and band booster parent for several years. Also, she was a volunteer for the fund-raising committee of the March of Dimes and other charitable organizations. In her later years, she enjoyed conducting bingo at nursing homes and visiting the elderly. Her favorite memories were of times shared with her family, especially with her three grandsons on the Euharlee farm.

Lucelen requested an intimate service with family and close friends. Family visitation will be held on Sunday, March 10, from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. at Owen Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life Service at 3:00 P.M. in the chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to favorite charities. The family also wishes to express their deepest appreciations to her wonderful caregivers.

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Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Georgia, 30120, is honored to serve the family of Lucelen Johnson Cowan during this most difficult of times.