Source: Waveland Independent, Thursday, March 26, 1942
Miss Florence COWAN, one of our oldest citizens and the oldest member of the business community, died on Sunday evening following a third cerebral hemorrhage. In spite of ill health she continued to attend to her business until the final seizure came on Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services at the Machledt Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon were inc ahrge of Rev. CN McBrayer, pastor fo the Methodist Church. "nearer Still nearer, Save the Grace and Shall We Gather," were sung by a quarter Mrs. Elba Emmert; Mrs. Wilmer sharp; Paul Emmert and Myron Banta, with Mrs. Lowell Spencer at the paiano. The casket was born by Guy Durham; CM Moore; Frank Shanks; Ira Sharp; Orris Reiter and CG Swaney. Mesdames Harry Crtucfield; CM Moore; TS Banta; Olive Lough; GUy Durham; Frank Shanks; Orris Reiter and Etta Campbell carried the flowers. Burial int he Presbyterian Cemetery by the side of her father and mother.
The following obituary was read: Florence Cowan, daughter of Aaron K. and Sarah C. Cowan was born on Aug 6, 1860 on the old Cowan homestead north of Waveland. Her death occurred March 22, 1942. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Ellen Whittington of Emporia, Ks and one brother Goerge M. Cowan, Waveland, one nephew and several nieces and many friends. She has been a lifelong resident of this community sharing abundantly in all its interests. Her deepest concern was centered on her business career on Cross Street where for about 60 years until she was fatally stricken a few days ago, she conducted The Ladies Millinery and Apparel Shop, so familiar to all. And also very dear to her heart was her affiliation with the MEthodist Church of which she was a most devoted and faithful member. She held the enviable and remarkable record of having taught the infant class int he SS for more than 50 years. Efficiency, self reliance and high ideals were some of the sterling qualities of her character. Her artistic taste foudn expression in her exquisite needle work as well as in her passionate love for flowers int he growing of which she seemed to have a magic hand. Her beuatiful flower garden always called forteh the enthusiastic admiration. She was associated with the Woman's Department Club from its beginning. And as a member of the House & Garden Circle of the club her knowledge of flowers was a joy to the other members. In her passing, we sustain a loss that is irreppapble but in the words of our beloeve poet; "We cannot say and we will not say, that she is dead -- she is just away -- she has wandered into an unknown land and left us dreaming how very fair it needs must be since she lingers there.