Darlene G. Gowan, 74, of Allison Park, Penn., died at her home on Friday, July 15, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
She was the daughter of Curtis and Maude Rogers, born Aug. 12, 1936, in LeClaire. She grew up in Princeton, Iowa where, after working in a lumber yard for several years, she married the pastor of her church, the Dr. Donald E. Gowan, formerly of Cleghorn and a graduate of Cleghorn High School. They were married for 52 years, enjoying the good times together and supporting one another through trials and tragedies. They moved to Chicago where he completed his doctoral work, then to Denton, Texas, and finally to the Pittsburgh area, where he served as professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In 1971 to 1972 they spent a year in Oxford, England, while he was on sabbatical leave. From 1975 to 1990 they she owned and operated Darlene's Yarn Shop, where her skills in every kind of needlework were prized by the many customers that she helped. She was an enthusiastic gardener and qualified her property with the National Wildlife Association as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat. In her early years she was very active in the Presbyterian Church; poor health limited her activities in later years. Among her many hobbies during her last years were the designing of unique greeting cards and building miniature replicas of stores -- flower shop, bakery, music store, grocery, aquarium store, etc. She suffered all her life from many health problems, but impressed everyone who knew her with her positive attitude and cheerful spirit. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and two sisters.
She is survived by her husband; her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Marie Gowan; two brothers-in-law, Walter Gowan of Washington, Iowa and Richard Gowan of Cherokee; and nieces and nephews. By her request, there was no visitation and the service was private.
Arrangements were by Kyper Funeral Home in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. Gifts in memory of Darlene may be sent to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Donald Gowan, 4184 Timberlane Dr., Allison Park, PA 15101.