Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


April 24, 2014

Linda Sue Cowman

Linda S. Cowman, age 73 of Knoxville. passed away Monday evening, April 14, 2014, at the Knoxville Hospital.

Linda was born in Hannibal, Mo., on Sept. 30, 1940, the daughter of William S. “Bud” and Dorothy L. (Graham) Moore. Linda’s family moved to Des Moines at the age of five and later moved to West Des Moines where she attended and graduated from Valley High School, Class of 1959. After high school Linda attended Grandview for a semester and then graduated from the Americana Beauty School.

In 1960 Linda and her family moved to Knoxville. Linda and Howard T. Cowman were married on June 16, 1962, at the First United Methodist Church. They shared over 51 years of marriage and were blessed with four girls: Rhonda, Candi, Carrie, and Coffie.

Linda worked as a beautician at the Charm Center in Knoxville; she was also the bookkeeper for Howard’s business, Décor Furniture. Linda worked for the Knoxville school system for 36 years and began as a lunch ticket puncher, at the Northstar School. For many years she was a junior high study hall teacher and later was a middle school office monitor.

Linda had many hobbies and was always willing to have a good time. She was a talented seamstress, quilter, and liked to paint ceramics. She was a good poker player and enjoyed gambling. She was an avid Hawkeye fan and devoted Knoxville Panther. Her love was her family, especially her grandchildren. Linda and Howard had many family vacations and travels.

Linda is survived by her husband of over 51 years Howard Cowman; three daughters, Rhonda (Jeff) Hileman, Candi (Tom) Stevens, and Coffie Cowman all of Knoxville; six grandchildren, Zach (Jill) Geery, Luke Hileman, Gretchen Hileman, Lance Holmes, Matti Holmes, and Abbi Holmes; one great-grandchild, Brooklin Geery; and one grand cat, Mickey. She is also survived by her sister, Sherry Gray of West Des Moines. Linda was preceded by her daughter, Carrie Caye Cowman; her parents, William “Bud” and Dorothy Moore; and two sisters, Stephanie Abraham and Sandi Laidlaw.

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