|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1910|
Jeff Davis County
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 2012|
Olive Carolyn Vick Cowden, 101, of Midland went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 8, 2012. Olive was born on September 2, 1910 in Valentine, Texas to Dr. Benjamin and Emma Smith Vick. Olive was formally trained as a concert pianist in El Paso during her school years before attending the University of Texas at Austin. In lieu of pursuing a professional music career in New York, Olive eloped with Allen Cowden on December 28, 1929 to become a rancher's wife. She and Allen had their first child, Emma Sue Cowden Hightower, in El Paso in June 1931. After ranching all over West Texas, the family settled in Midland and on the Dollarhide Ranch. Their son, James Coley Cowden, was born in Midland on September 1941. Their marriage lasted for 60 wonderful years.
Olive was an active prominent citizen of Midland who was involved in many clubs and organizations. She and Allen were longstanding members of First Baptist Church Midland, Midland Country Club, Midland Racquet Club and Midland Petroleum Club.
Olive was a strong rancher's wife, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. A woman with a zest for life, she loved to cook, entertain family and friends, work in her rose gardens, and travel the world. The light in her beautiful blue eyes was so palpable and welcoming that she never met a stranger!
Olive was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Cowden; her sister, Opal Vick Abshire; her daughter, Emma Sue Cowden Hightower; and her son in law, H. Wayne Hightower. Survivors include: son, James Coley Cowden and wife, Jeanie Tunstill Cowden of Austin; grandchildren, Martha Hightower Reyes and husband, Richard Reyes of Tarpley; H. Wayne (Buddy) Hightower, Jr. and wife, Alisa Turley Hightower of Houston; Christy Cowden Little of Houston; James Coley (Duke) Cowden, Jr. and wife, Heidi Tobleman Cowden and Allen Tunstill Cowden, and wife, Kristin Wenning Cowden, all of Austin; and thirteen great grand children.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Hon. Thomas R. Craddick, F. Ferrell Davis, Tevis H. Herd, James Locklar, Joseph I. O'Neill III, Hon. Rodney W. Satterwhite, Robert M. Speed, James R. Tom, Jack B. Wilkinson, Jr. and Dr. Charles M. Younger.
The family gratefully thanks and highly praises her loving caretakers: Janie Roberts, Marsha Dunson, Grace Cobos, Maria Jurado, Loretta McLaughlin, Pamela Polly and Daisy Segovia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Dr. Gregory Bartha Scholarship at Midland College 3600 N. Garfield Midland, Texas 79705; West Kentucky Baptist Church 1507 W. Kentucky Ave. Midland, Texas 79701; Charles M. Younger, M.D. Endowment Fund at Midland Memorial Foundation 2200 W. Illinois Midland, Texas 79701; and The Springboard Center 200 Corporate Drive Midland, Texas 79705.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m.
Published in Houston Chronicle on January 11, 2012
Allen Al B. Cowden (1908 - 1989)
Resthaven Memorial Park
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