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Mary (Ballew) Gowan

April 28, 1935 ~ September 27, 2019 (age 84)

Mrs. Mary Ballew Gowan, age 84, of the Pleasant Gardens community, passed away at her home Friday, September 27, 2019.  Mary was born in McDowell County on April 28, 1935 to the late Steven LaFayette “Fate” Ballew and Martha Stroud Ballew.  After she graduated from High School, she attended Montreat Junior College for two years.  She then transferred to Winthrop College from which she graduated with an Education Degree.  Mary taught at Old Fort Elementary School for over 20 years.  She also assisted her late husband, John M. Gowan, who passed away in 2006, with the management and operation of the family business, Triple C Campground on Buck Creek.  Her family knew her as encouraging and strong, and always faithful to those she loved.  Her favorite saying, “Thank the Lord and praise the Lord” exemplified how she lived her life and it will be long remembered by the family she leaves behind.  She loved her family, and especially her grandchildren, more than life itself and they always knew it.  Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.


Mary leaves behind three sons, Carson Gowan and wife Jeanna, Charles Gowan and wife Pat, and Clay Gowan and wife Wendy, all of Marion; her brother, Jonas Ballew of Taylor, MI; a sister-in-law, Patsy Ballew of Marion; nine grandchildren, Erika, John Carson, Fate, Haley, Mary Katherine, Gwen, Camryn, Joseph, and Elizabeth; and a great-granddaughter, Gracie.


A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Jerry Lewis officiating.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved John.  Flowers are acceptable and appreciated.  Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in her memory are encouraged to consider the CarePartners Hospice McDowell “You Are Special” fund at 575 Airport Road, Marion, NC  28752.  

Donations may be made to:

CarePartners Hospice McDowell "You Are Special" Fund
575 Airport Road, Marion NC 28752
Web: https://missionhealth.org/member-hospitals/carepartners/

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