Anne Marie Cowan, 89, who was a nurse and taught nursing courses, died Aug. 5, 2012, at RiverStone Hospice.
She was born June 24, 1923, in Columbia, Mo., the second daughter of Albert M. and Mabel A. Cowan. She graduated from nursing school in 1944 and joined the Army, where she cared for injured soldiers returning by ship to the United States.
After World War II, she worked at hospitals and nursing schools while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing and later a master’s degree in the same field from St. Louis University. She worked at Stanford University Hospital before becoming a traveling nurse educator for the American Red Cross, covering Idaho and Montana and teaching numerous courses to county health nurses during the ’50s.
She was a member of the faculty of Southern Illinois University prior to joining the faculty of the Montana State University College of Nursing, where she taught courses in medical-surgical nursing and in management and leadership until her retirement in 1988.
She was a volunteer at the Alberta Bair Theater, Global Village and, until very recently, Meals on Wheels. She was active in the Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society and was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Judith L. Johnson of Lexington, Ky.; a brother, Michael A. of Chesterfield, Mo.; and a friend and companion, Ruth Vanderhorst.
At her request, no funeral was planned though Masses will be said in her memory. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life will be announced soon. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Gifts in her honor may be made to the Yellowstone Audubon Society, Meals on Wheels and RiverStone Hospice.