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Mary (Mae) Alice Ewing, 74, of Danville, transitioned from earth to glory on Monday, Sept. 12, 12:21 a.m. at Kindred Hospital, Indianapolis, with her loving family present by her side.
Mary, affectionately known as "Mother Ewing", was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Cohasitte, Ala., to the union of Clifford Boyd Cowen, Sr., and Lillie Belle Johnson Cowen. She was the second oldest of nine children born to this union. Her family moved to Danville in 1958, where she graduated from Danville High School. Later in life, she was united in marriage to Wilbur Eugene Ewing.
She had a passion for vegetable and flower gardening, fishing, singing, sewing, and southern cooking. She was truly a superb cook, and enjoyed preparing delicious meals for her family. She was a woman of exquisite fashion, class and style.
Mother Ewing retired from East Central Illinois Community Action Agency in 2008 after 38 years of service. In her last position as a Family Advocate, she was able to minister to many individuals and families encouraging them to reach their potential and improve their lives. She truly loved her job. She would often say- "I don't consider this a job [but] a ministry".
Mother Ewing was faithful to the Lord's work in her community and church affiliations. She was a member of New Hope #3 COGIC under the pastorate of her brother, Frederick L. Cowen. She served as the Church Mother, and worked in many capacities since the beginning of the ministry under his leadership. She was very learned in the Word of God. She taught Sunday School, and led the women's department. She was appointed by Superintendent Charles O. Nash, Sr., as the District Missionary to lead the women's department of the Greater Hope District. She was a credential holder in Church of God in Christ, Inc as a licensed missionary. She was very active in Central Illinois Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under the Prelate Bishop Juan L. Morrison, Sr., and State Supervisor Mother Barbara Gillespie Washington until she could no longer participate as she so desired due to her illness. She also served faithfully for many years at Victory Temple COGIC under the pastorate of the late Bishop A. James Davis and his wife Evangelist Zelma (Zee) Davis. She would visit females that were incarcerated at the Danville Public Safety Building, praying with them and teaching them the word of God.
Mother Ewing touched and changed the lives of many men, women, boys and girls. She mentored many spiritual daughters who today rise up and call her blessed.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories her children, Michael E. (Catherine) Ewing, Denetra Walker, Jennifer (Kerwin) Modest, and Caprea Ewing; a special daughter, Stacy C. Ewing and a special son, Darwin Baxter; grandchildren, Trevor, Michael II (Tonnisha), Brittany, Jordan, Sanae A'lice, Elijah, DaRhon, RJ, Diamond, Angel, and Jade; great-grandchildren, Lakiya, Samiya, Khloe, Zariya and Amour; sisters, Martha Cowen of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Angerine (Mitch) Enoex of Compton, Calif.; brothers, Clifford B. (Verance) Cowen, Jr., Claudie Cowen, and Pastor Frederick (Marilyn) Cowen; a special aunt, Bernice Johnson; in-laws: James Ewing and Madell Scott of Danville, Joe Douglas (Mary C.) Ewing, Henry (Janie) Ewing, and Alice Long all of Clarksville, Tenn.; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a granddaughter, Stephanie; a sister, Lillianteen; and brothers, Calvin (Big Fist) Cowen Sr., and Edward Jerome (Chopper) Cowen.
A public viewing will commence from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 East Williams Street, Danville. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at New Hope COGIC, 201 S. Virginia Street, Danville. A Celebration of Life will commence at 12 noon Monday, Sept. 19, at New Life Church of Faith, 1419 N Bowman Ave, Danville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Eulogist Pastor Frederick L. Cowen, and Homegoing Program Officiant Evangelist Andrea Stone.
Condolences and memorials may be sent by accessing www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on  September 16, 2016
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