Stillwater News Press


December 27, 2013

F. Vaynne Cowell

F. Vaynne Cowell, 81, was the daughter of Worth and Agnes (Marshall) Roberts. She was born on Feb. 2, 1932, in Perry and died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Tuscany Village Living Center in Oklahoma City.

Vaynne grew up in Perry,  attending Perry High School where she was a twirler with the high school band and wrestling queen, graduating in 1949.

She married her high school sweetheart, Otto R. Cowell, on June 4, 1949, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Perry. They made their home in Perry for many years where she raised three children and was active in Christ Lutheran Church and the community.

In 1965, the family moved to Kingfisher, where she actively supported her children and husband in many activities while attending Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma). She graduated magna cum laude in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She received her master’s of education from Central State University in 1986.

After retirement, Vaynne and Otto wintered in Florida where she was very active in Christian education. She led Bible study classes for many years, participated in mission trips, and was active in many areas of Christian outreach. She loved to paint, play the piano and dance.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home Chapel in Perry. Interment will be in Grace Hill Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home in Perry. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N. 7th, Perry, OK, 73077.

Vaynne is survived by three children, C. Scott Cowell of Edmond, Rick L. Cowell and his wife, Annette, of Stillwater, and Kara Lynn (Cowell) Gill and her husband Keith of Montgomery, Texas; three granddaughters, Anne Vaynne Cowell of Bloomington, Ind., Kelsey Nicole White of Conway, Ark., and Mackenzie Jean White of San Antonio, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Otto R. Cowell; parents, Worth and Agnes; granddaughter, Rebecca Katherine Cowell of Stillwater; and sister Sharyn (Roberts) Lambert of Okarche.

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