Joanne Joyce Cowan

Aug. 10, 1935 – Nov. 2, 2012

Longtime Basin, Wyoming resident Joanne Joyce Cowan, age 77, passed away at her home in Basin surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 2, 2012.

Joanne Joyce Cowan was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Hay Springs, Neb., the daughter of Arthur Henry and Ethel Mae Nicholson Schildhauer. Joanne moved with her family to Greybull as a young girl and graduated from Greybull High School in 1953.

She met and married the love of her life, William “Bill” H. Cowan, on August 1, 1954, at Greybull. To this union were born five children, Roger, Steve, Linda, Les and Mike.

Joanne was a hard worker all of her life and worked at the movie theatre in Greybull, Harry’s Drive-in in Greybull and the Greybull bank. She took the first EMT class in the Big Horn Basin, sold real estate, B-J Realty, since 1972, was a Big Horn Deputy County Coroner since 1990 and was bookkeeper for many years for Cowan’s Radio Service.

Joanne loved her family, enjoyed family gatherings, and loved spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, bird and squirrel watching, sewing, especially sewing wedding dresses and quilts, collecting clowns, decorating her Christmas tree, painting, bowling, motorcycling and raising Boston terriers for years.

Joanne was a 50-year member of OES Lewisia Chapter 16, as well as being past matron. She was also a member of the Wyoming Stork’s Club.

Joanne is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill and three brothers.

Joanne is survived by her children, Roger (Julie) of Missoula, Mont., Steve (Brenda) of Gillette, Wyo., Linda (Rick) Himmelspach of Billings, Mont.  Les (Saygi) of Moline, Ill., and Mike (Kimberly) of Basin; eight grandchildren, Josh Cowan and Caleb Cowan both of Gillette, Allyson Cowan of Missoula, Mont., Cassandra Cowan of Basin, Kelsey Cowan of Missoula, Amanda Cowan of Basin, Travis Himmelspach of Billings, and Natalie Cowan of Moline, Ill.; her sisters, Evelyn Uber of Haxtun, Colo., Ila Birrell of Salt Lake City, Arlene Blakesley of Worland, Wyo., and Lois Emmett of Basin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Basin on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with Pastor Kent Dempsey as officiant. Burial followed at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. A reception for family and friends was held at the First Baptist Church gymnasium immediately following the burial.

Memorials will be received in Joanne’s name at the Security State Bank, P.O. Box 531, Basin, WY 82419-0531 and will go to an EMT fund.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.

(Paid obituary)