Betty Cowan
October 1, 1927 - July 13, 2021

Betty Cowan

Betty Cowan
Oct 1, 1927 - Jul 13, 2021

Betty Cowan
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Canton - Betty Cowan, 93, of Canton, passed away at 7:30 am, Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at her residence. She was born on October 1, 1927 in Bryant, IL to Nelles and Minerva (Simpson) Laird. Betty first married Edwin Downing. He preceded her in death and she later married Otto Cowan on September 24, 1983. He also preceded her in death on August 9, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, son Lanny Gene Fidler, granddaughter Amber Zaborac, six brothers; Dewey, Clyde, Lyle, Ross, Guy and Gene Laird, four sisters Opal, Leona, Thelma Laird and Hazel Howard.
Surviving is a daughter Debra (Mike Johnson) Zaborac of Canton and her Siamese cat, Mariska.
Betty worked at Graham Hospital, Renaissance Care Center and Oaks-Hines Funeral Home. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Women of the Moose in Canton.
Her favorite pastime was reading mysteries and Indian books. She enjoyed watching "Day's of our Lives", baking cookies and giving them away. She was known as the "Cookie Lady"
A visitation will be held on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 5-7pm, at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton. Cremation rites have been accorded and the burial of the ashes will follow in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 10 am.
Memorials can be made to either the Altruistic Club or the Christian Service Program.
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John and Connie Burgarf on Jul 15, 2021

Betty was such a sweet lady and enjoyed her sense of humor. She will be missed.

Holly Thum on Jul 15, 2021

CandleDebby & Mike, So sorry for your loss. You did an excellent job of caring for her. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Joe & Holly

Janet Laird on Jul 15, 2021

Aunt Betty enjoyed See's candies and she was reciting a funny poem for me just a few weeks ago. She had a good memory and kept our family stories and history alive. I will truly miss her. Janet Laird

John & Sharon Laird on Jul 15, 2021

John & Sharon Laird

We will miss talking to Aunt Betty and hearing all her great stories and jokes. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and Mike.

Terry Fanning on Jul 15, 2021

Deb, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.......Terry and John Fanning

Nancy Bentley on Jul 14, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Janet Edmonds on Jul 14, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together as you celebrate a life blessed and well lived. Psalms 90:10

Greg & Jill Laird on Jul 13, 2021

Sorry for your loss Debbie. Such great memories of Aunt Betty. Thinking of you.

Sue Taffar on Jul 13, 2021

So sorry Debbie. 😥🙏

Lori Murphy and Pam Clouse on Jul 13, 2021

Debbie & Mike, So sorry for your loss. Lori & Ebby Murphy



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Oaks-Hines Funeral Home ~ Canton
1601 East Chestnut Street
Canton, IL 61520
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


White Chapel Memory Gardens
24550 North County Road 6
Canton, IL 61520
10:00 AM

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