Louise Elizabeth McGowan

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February 23, 1928 ~ August 3, 2018

Born in: Hall County, GA
Resided in: Gainesville, GA

Mrs. Louise Elizabeth (Westbrook) McGowan, age 90, of Gainesville, Georgia, (formerly of Chattanooga, Tennessee) passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at The Bell Minor Home.

A private service for the family will be held at the Columbarium Chapel at First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, on Saturday, August 11th at 10 a.m.  A Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, with the Revs. Lee Koontz and Shon Peppers officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Swetenburg Hall (Fellowship Hall).

Louise was born February 23, 1928 in Hall County, Georgia, the daughter of the late Charles Joseph and Cora Elizabeth (Mauldin) Westbrook.  Louise was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She is a graduate of Braselton High School, attended North Georgia College, received a B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Georgia, and did Graduate Work in Special Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She was a teacher at Braselton High School, a Home Economist with the Georgia Power Company serving as the Supervisor for the Rome Division.  Later, she also worked as a Behavior Specialist for Headstart for the Handicapped in Chattanooga.  She was an ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and a Stephen’s Minister.  She was active in Presbyterian Women and was awarded several lifetime memberships.  She was a member of the Quota Club (Rome, Georgia) and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing and traveling around the world.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Cora Mauldin Westbrook; an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth McGowan; her sister Lida Westbrook Pirkle and her husband Jack; and her brothers Hugh and Cecil Westbrook, and their wives Ruth and Janet.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years the Rev. Dr. Matthew McGowan; her daughter and son-in-law Julie and Kenny Akins of Lula; her son Jesse L. McGowan of Chattanooga; her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Kennedy and Chantal McGowan of Plantation, FL; her daughter Anna Louise McGowan of Gainesville; and her daughter and son-in-law Rev. Rebecca (Becky) and Randy McGowan Spooner of Conway, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Markovich of Gainesville, Colton Clark of Jacksonville, FL, and Patrick McGowan of Plantation, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Housing and Healthcare Endowment Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 800 South Enota Drive, Gainesville, GA   30501.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to her pastors, the Revs. Lee Koontz and Shon Peppers; her physicians Dr. Richard Locicero, Dr. Andre Kallab, and Dr. Henry Lewis; the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center; the wonderful staff at the Bell Minor Home; the residents of Smoky Springs and her church family and friends for all their love, care and support.

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  1. Carolyn Ryken says:

    Rebecca and family you all are in our Thoughts and Prayers!!

  2. Revs. Patty and David Schaller says:

    Rebecca, you and your family remain in our prayers. May God continue to wrap you all up in Her arms & give you peace and comfort.Love you very much

  3. Jill Acree says:

    What a witness! My condolences, Rebecca.

  4. Jason Dickey says:

    Prayer for you and all your family, Rebecca.

  5. Rev W Keith Cobb says:

    We grieve st your loss and rejoice at her gain. Your friends at Hollywood Presbyterian prayed, and care, and send our respectful condolences. Love to you all.

  6. Julie Markovich-Akins says:

    I am so sorry that you left us, but I know where you are and you are well, happy & at peace. I know you are so happy that you are getting to know your daughter, Beth. I know we will get to know her some day.
    I will miss you so much. I am so happy we had our time for forgiveness and closure while I was staying with you at the nursing home.
    You are going to be so miss by all of our family.
    I love you, Julie

  7. Jan Wesley says:

    Rebecca, Randy. You are un my prayers. Losing a, loved one is very hard. May Gid bless you in a special way at this time

  8. Ruth Money says:

    Lovely lady

  9. Janet Cornelson says:

    A most precious soul!

  10. Amy Dyer says:

    A superior role model for us all.

  11. Leah says:

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Renette Todd says:

    Such a lovely lady! Prayers for your family.
    The Todd’s

  13. Jeanette Pesnell says:

    So sorry about your loss. Prayers for you and your family. I remember your mom at your wedding; a very special lady. You and your mom looked so much alike.

  14. Julie Hartley says:

    A wonderful woman! She is greatly missed

  15. Susan copeland says:

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the family.

  16. Julia Robison says:

    Rebecca and Randy….Thinking of you and your family. So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy.

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