In Memory Of
Cowdery, Cecile who passed away on 5/27/2017 at the age of 90
"Ceil", died in her home surrounded by family and her beloved caregiver on May 27, 2017. Ceil was born in Holyoke, MA on June 2, 1926 to Joseph and Elmira Normandin. After graduating from nursing school, Ceil joined the US Navy and served as a Lieutenant Navy Flight nurse from 1948 to 1959 and during the Korean War. In 1963, she and her husband, Charles Malcolm Cowdery, moved to Seattle. For over fifty years, Ceil lived in the same house in Wedgwood, where she was an an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish.
Ceil worked as a Staff RN in Labor and Delivery at Group Health hospital from 1972 to 1991. She was passionate about her career, women's health, the Natural Childbirth movement. After her retirement, she continued volunteering at Group Health for eleven years. Cecile had an energetic personality and was always active in her garden and rose bed. She loved reading, flowers, especially wildflowers, walking, hiking, and practicing yoga, and she was one of the founding members of the Silver Sneakers exercise group. Cecile was known by her community as a joyful, compassionate servant who was always ready to help.
Cecile was preceded in her death by her parents, brother, and husband, Charles Cowdery. She is survived by her four children, Joseph Cowdery, Mary Webber, Ruth MacNair, and Michael Cowdery, and her grandchildren, Jason and Lee Webber, Grace, Rebekah, Jake, Lydia, and Ben Macnair, and her great grandchild, Remy, son of Rebekah MacNair.
The legacy she left for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is what she lived by: a powerful kindness, unconditional love, devotion to God, and respect for the earth. We are thankful to her caregiver, Margaret Wathika, who was her friend and constant support for the last three years, and who we all consider to be part of the family.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated
on Friday, June 2nd at 11:00 AM
at Our Lady of the Lake
8900 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98115
Remembrances may be made to Washington State Chapter, North Tower