Rebecca Gowen

Rebecca Thurmond Crow Gowen, 87, formerly of Rossville, Ga., passed away Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014. She was born Sept. 5, 1926 in Murray Ky., to the late Cecil Heron Thurmond and Altha Mae Holcomb Thurmond. She was a graduate of Murray High School and studied at Murray State University before moving to Chattanooga to begin her career with the Tennessee Valley Authority. She retired after 28 years of civil service. She volunteered many hours both with the Chattanooga Community Kitchen and with Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong church goer and a member of Ascension Lutheran Church of East Ridge. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Elizabeth Jones, of Murray Ky.; brother J. Benjamin Thurmond, of Richland, S.C.; first husband, William C. Crow and second husband Guy M. Gowen, both of Rossville. Surviving are her daughter Mary Anne Schubert (Walt), of Kathleen Ga.; god daughters Julie Curd, of Rossville and Christy Smith, of Ringgold; stepdaughter Sylvia Gardenhire (Todd), of Chattanooga; stepson Bill (Vicki) Swan, of Dunlap Tenn.; step grandsons David Smotherman and Bill Swan III (DeAnn); Step great-grandsons Parker Swan and Mason Swan and many nieces and nephews. She will be sorely missed by the many lives she touched. The funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway. Interment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. Friends may visit www.heritagefh.com to sign the online guest register. Memorials donations may be made to serenityhospicecares.org or to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, Post Office Box 11203, Chattanooga TN 37401. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.

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