At the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford, ON N4L 1B9
COWLING, ELIZABETH CAROLINE (CARRIE)
June 30, 1920 - March 1, 2019
What a Wonderful Life…
Carrie Cowling, a long-time resident of Meaford, died at Chapman House Hospice in Owen Sound. Carrie saw life through a lens of gratitude. This positivity was what drew people to her. Carrie’s heartwarming message at family gatherings or during a simple visit was one of appreciation for the wonderful people in her life, her loving childhood, marriage, and family. She often said, “I am a lucky girl!” The twinkle in her eye, her caring nature, her storytelling, and her ‘wicked’ sense of humour resulted in Carrie making friends easily.
Carrie’s was a life well lived. Her childhood and early years of marriage near Mountain Lake were good ones. Her resilience during the time she and her family were expropriated from their land was inspiration for a play performed at Meaford Hall. When they farmed, Carrie worked alongside her husband Don. She supported Don with dedication during his years in business. Carrie had a love of gardening. She and Don always had large gardens brimming with fresh produce and beautiful gladiolas.
Carrie excelled at entertaining. Whether Carrie was hosting a reception for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, a cocktail party for Canadian journalist and novelist, Pierre Burton, her eldest daughter’s wedding reception, or a Sunday family dinner, she did it with style. Her cooking and baking were first-rate. Family members had their favourites: butter tarts, banana cake, date squares, raspberry jam, and her homemade bread. Even in her later years when life became more difficult, she maintained her cheery disposition, and warm smile. Her time at Chapman House, John Joseph and Seasons Retirement Homes bore witness to this. Carrie continued to provide hospitality by offering Mill Creek Chocolates to visitors and staff. Mardi Gras beads, teddy bears and chocolate bars were ready to entertain little visitors.
Carrie was predeceased by her loving husband of 69 years, Donald Cowling (1920-2010). She will be dearly missed by her daughters Carol Ann Ferguson (Thom Christmann), Donna Kearns (Rob), and Nancy Primak (Jerry). Carrie was the loving grandmother of Alanna Erskins (Danny), Grant Kearns (Anne Wildeman), Neil Kearns (Kim), Alison Kearns (John Kuruvilla), Michael Primak (Rachel Gorman), Kari Primak, Nico Primak, Ollie Primak, Thom Christmann, and Tim Christmann; and was an adored great-grandmother to Owen, Jack, Ava, Mya, and Olivia Kearns, Mark and Asha Kuruvilla, May Primak, Sarah and Seth Wildeman. Her grandson, Sean Ferguson, son-in-law, Allan Ferguson, parents, Hector and Mary Jane Kingston, and her four older brothers, Kenneth, Stuart, Bruce, and Jack predeceased her. She will be remembered fondly by their children Dorothy Babcock, Marilyn Kyles, Jane Nitz, Arthur, Doug, and Gary Kingston.
A private committal service has taken place. A memorial service and reception will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 591 St. Vincent Street, Meaford, Ontario on Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Friends of Meaford Library, Meaford Library Building Fund, would be appreciated. Donations can be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher Street East, Meaford, Ontario, N4L 1B9. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
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