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Obituary for Lenore Cowan

Lenore Cowan, 95, died October 23, 2023, in Palm Coast, Florida. She was born in Bozeman, Montana, to Evelyn and Sherman Johnson and grew up with her siblings in Arlington, Virginia. She met her husband of 55 years, William (Bill) Cowan, while attending American University. Lenore completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from Columbia University.
Lenore and Bill spent many years in New York, first in Manhattan, then on their sailboat, Pipkin, at the World’s Fair Marina. Lenore was the director of the picture collection of the New York Public Library for several years. Upon her retirement in 1983, she and Bill sailed their boat to Florida. After Bill’s death, Lenore moved to Riviera Senior Living in Daytona Beach.
Lenore was a friend to all and loved to participate in all the activities her various communities had to offer. She belonged to the Palatka Yacht Club, the Woman’s Club of Palatka, a breast cancer survivor support group, and the American Cancer Society Putnam Unit. Upon moving to Riviera Senior Living, she became the unofficial librarian and served on the resident council as secretary/treasurer for many years.
Lenore is predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her two siblings, Paul Johnson and Katherine Nelson. She is survived by brother-in-law Richard Nelson; nieces Karen Dickerson, Paula Jungen, Laura Nelson, and Margo Nelson; and nephew David Johnson. She is also survived by Bill’s nephews Steve Cowan, John Cowan, Dennis Cowan, and Eric Cowan. Bill’s niece, Crisseda Kelly, predeceased Lenore.
A private family burial will be October 25, 2023, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Federal Point.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Lenore’s Book of Memories page at .
Arrangements are by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home.