Cowan, Marilyn Margaret, a 35 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 in Carson. Born in Revere, Massachusetts, Marilyn was 64 when she died. Marilyn was a member of the Breast Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Marilyn spent over 30 years as an Executive Secretary. She enjoyed singing, poetry, music, films, and the arts. She is survived by Son, Kelly (Natalie) Cowan of Torrance, CA; Daughter, Shelly (Michael Zamarripa) of Torrance, CA; Daughter, Shawn Sexton of Torrance, CA; Brothers Bob (Cindy) Morriss, Allyn (Irene) Morriss, Harry (Trisha) Morriss; 20 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her Husband Jack Cowan, Mother, Agnes Morriss, and Father, Henry Morriss. The Viewing and Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Sunday January 28, 2007 at 10am. Burial will follow at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside on Monday January 29, 2007 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to members of the family on her behalf.

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  1. I met Marilyn several years ago, in her residence in Carson. We become fast friends, her incredible laugh, flashing eyes, great sense of the ridiculous. We sang, danced, told stories of our lives..She told many tales of “her man”…how much she loved Jack and talked to him often, after he died. She told me she dreamed he came to her, and that he was waiting…She always wanted to know why God had put her through such trials, and we talked about the greater purpose…She was a wonderful enthusiastic supporter of my work in the RCFE’s, and we laughed and played and brought such LIFE to her last homes..Two old black ladies, Maddie and Naomi, together with Marilyn and I, were an incredible combination. I spoke to her on the phone when I couldn’t visit, and she was looking forward to working with our new Poppins Project outreach, to bring more fun to the others living in RCFE’s…She was a real life angel, always willing to be there, despite her own limitations. She really enjoyed her life, the last holiday season filled her with such joy, as she spent much of it with her children. She played her famous voiceover/radio commercial for me many times, and shared her poetry with us as well, reading aloud her favorite selections. She dreamed of publishing her work, and often wrote to Oprah as well as President Bush and others, in her efforts to change the world for the better. I feel so blessed to have been her friend in her last years.. .She is gone too soon, but I know she is happy, back together with her beloved man, watching down on us from heaven.

  2. Marilyn, what do you say about Marilyn? She was such a wonderfully spirited woman with love for everyone. I met Marilyn 10 years ago when she applied for a temporary position at Kaiser, the interview lasted over 2 hours and the Manger kept coming in saying “aren’t you finished yet?” We were laughing and having such a great time, I knew she was the one we would hire from the Temp Agency. We immediately bonded and became very good friends. Marilyn was looking forward to getting on with her life and moved into a beautiful apartment in Chino Hills and was looking to the future, she always had such an optimistic attitude. She loved her family so much and loved being a part of all of their lives. Unfortunately, her health problems created a different scenario, but Mailyn was always hopeful and optimistic that she could overcome all obstacles. We kept in touch after she moved to the first home in Torrance and I would go and take her out to brunch and visit as often as I could. Marilyn had another stroke and was moved to another home, somehow I lost her new telephone number and we lost contact with each other. She wrote the Hospital Administrator at one of the Kaiser Hospitals trying to find me (she always amazed me as to how resourceful she could be). He forwarded the letter to me, but by the time I got it and responded the letter came back to me and I found out that Marilyn had passed. I only wish I would responded sooner, but I know Marilyn is with her beloved husband Jack and her mother and father, and she had such a deep faith that she is very happy and looking down on everyone like the Angel she is. She was an Angel you know? I will always remember Marilyn with fondness and remember her wonderful laugh and sparkling eyes. She was beautiful inside and out. Ellie Carter

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