The Richmond Register


December 4, 2013

Charity Allene Cowan, 89

RICHMOND — Miss Charity Allene Cowan, 89, of Richmond, passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, after arrival at Baptist Health-Richmond.

Charity was born October 1, 1924, in Lancaster, Kentucky, to her late parents, John Theo Cowan Sr. and Julia Mae (Stevens) Cowan.

Charity grew up in Richmond, Ky., and graduated from Madison High School as valedictorian of the graduating class of 1943. Charity graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1946. She then received her master’s degree in 1952 and her rank one status in 1962 from the University of Kentucky.

She was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.

After 38 years of service, she retired from the Erlanger-Elsmere Board of Education as assistant superintendent. She was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Charity lived up to the name given her. She was more than generous with her time and money with family, friends and many organizations. Charity was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Lexington.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: three sisters, Ruby C. Farthing, Margaret C. Weddle and Bessie C. Rhodus; and two brothers-in-law, Vernon Farthing and Marion Forbes Adams Jr.

Charity is survived by: one sister, Iva Cowan Adams of Richmond; one brother, John Theo Cowan Jr. (and Reeda); and a brother-in-law, Robert James Rhodus, all of Lexington; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Charity will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Guiley officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of your choice.

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