[ Post Response ] [ Return to Index ] [ Read Prev Msg ] [ Read Next Msg ]

Cowley, Mary E. (Lane) 1851-1912


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 6/10/2019 at 15:44:42

Mrs. Thomas Cowley Given to the Tomb
Deceased Was a Lawler Resident For Many Years

Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 1912, at 2 o'clock a.m., death came to the relief of Mary E. Cowley, at her home in Des Moines and a faithful soul was called to its final rest. For several years she had been a patient sufferer from cancer of the stomach and hardening of the arteries.

Deceased was born on the 7th of April, 1851, in South Bend, Indiana, and came to Clayton county, Iowa, with her parents at the early age of 2 years and continued to live with her parents on the farm until the 10th of January, 1876, when she was united in marriage to Thomas Cowley. At the time of her death she was a devout member of the Visitation church, Rev. Nugent pastor, who administered the last sad rites of the mother church.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her loss, two sons and one daughter: F.F. Cowley of Findlay, Ohio. John and Mary A. Cowley of Des Moines, Iowa; also two brothers and two sisters: Frank Lane of Littleport, Ia., Dan Lane, Mrs. Wm. Daley and Mrs. Joe Mclaughlin of Omaha, Neb.

The remains were taken to Strawberry Point where Requiem High Mass was offered for her soul by Rev. John Hartigan and all that was mortal of her was laid to rest in St. Mary's cemetery beside her children that preceded her. May her soul rest in peace.
A Friend

The deceased was well known in this county, she having lived at Lawler for many years. Her many friends here join in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved husband, children and relatives.

~New Hampton Tribune, Wednesday, January 15, 1913 (New Hampton, Chickasaw co. Iowa)

--- ---

The remains of Mrs. Thos. Cowley of Des Moines, were brought here Monday for burial. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church, Father Hartigan officiating. Mrs. Cowley was a resident of this place twenty-five years ago. The remains were laid to rest in our beautiful cemetery beside her two children, who had preceded her to the great beyond.

~Register and Argus, Thursday, January 9, 1913 (Strawberry Point column, from the Mail-Press)

- James, died 1882, 4 month old son of Thomas & Mary is buried in the Sacred Heart - Cox Creek cemetery, and has a gravestone there. Mary's parents are also buried there (John S. & Bridget Sweeney Lane). Mary does not appear on a burial list for St. Mary's or the Cox Creek cemetery, nor do any other Cowleys. Her Death Certificate says burial at Strawberry Point, not specifying the exact cemetery. Thomas Cowley (8/17/1846-11/10/1933; s/o James & Mary McCarrick), also died in Des Moines, but his death cert. gives burial in Glendale cemetery, Polk county. Find a Grave has photos of gravestones for both Thomas & Mary E. Cowley, and a young son, Frederick J., age 2 mo., in the Glendale cemetery The stone for Mary in Glendale cemetery may be a cenotaph, or her remains removed from either St. Mary's or Sacred Heart cemetery at some time and reburied. Interested researchers should verify her place of burial.

Some of the data given on the death cert. is in conflict with that in the obituary:

Death Certificate
Name: Mrs. Mary Cowley
DOB & place: 1848, Ireland
Father name: Michael Lane, born Ireland
Mother name: (name is blank), born Ireland
DOD & place: Dec. 26, 1912; Des Moines, Lee twp., Polk co. IA
Burial: Strawberry Point, Dec. 30, 1912
Informant: Mr. Cowley, 1230 York St.


Clayton Obituaries maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
WebBBS 4.33 Genealogy Modification Package by WebJourneymen


Post Response

Your Name:
E-Mail Address:
Deceased Name:
One Obituary per submission please! Non-Obituaries will be deleted!
Please include the source of the Obituary.

If you'd like to include a link to another page with your message,
please provide both the URL address and the title of the page:

Optional Link URL:
Optional Link Title:

If you'd like e-mail notification of responses, please check this box:

Verification Test: Please type the two letters
before submission   (helps stop automated spam):  



[ Post Response ] [ Return to Index ] [ Read Prev Msg ] [ Read Next Msg ]