COWDEN, MOLLIE GENE WALDROP (1932 ~ 2014). The following is an obituary for Mollie Gene Waldrop Cowden, spouse of George M. Cowden, former member of the Texas House of Representatives. The obituary was provided by Weed, Corley, Fish Funeral Home.
Mollie Gene Waldrop Cowden died peacefully on November 26th, 2014. Born in Nashville on April 30th, 1932 to Nell and Homer Waldrop, she grew up in Jackson, Tennessee. Mollie attended Judson College in Mississippi for a year before transferring to Baylor to study voice and piano. Music was one of her great loves. She enjoyed singing and playing the piano at church and for family and friends. At Baylor, she met George M. Cowden, the love of her life, and they were married on August 15th, 1952. Mollie, George and their family lived in Pearsall, Waco, Dallas and Austin. Early in their marriage, they lived in Itazuke, Japan while George served in the Air Force. Mollie and George were longtime members of Riverbend Church where they taught Sunday school and she was a choir member. They began teaching Sunday School classes to Baylor students at 7th and James Baptist Church in Waco.
Mollie served as chairman of the Counseling and Pastoral Care Center of Austin, as well as serving as a board member of the Austin Symphony Board. She was an associate life member of the Settlement Home and worked as a docent in the University of Texas Art Department. Together with her husband, she was a charter member of Baylor's Endowed Scholarship Society and they remained strong supporters of Baylor University.
Mollie loved classical music, gardening, and her Sunday school class, but her greatest love was her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Billy Waldrop, and son, Gordon. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, George M. Cowden; children George III and wife Shirley Cowden; Graves Cowden; Gaylynn and husband Ken Kendall; grandchildren Hallie Day and husband Jason Wallace; Rachel Metts; George IV and wife Kensie Cowden; Kristian, Weston, Brooke and Cierra Cowden; and great-grandchildren Sadie Jane and Charlotte Rose Wallace.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, North Lamar location. Services to be held in the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Church on Monday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m., Gordon Smith officiating. A reception following the service will be at Fellowship Hall. Burial will be at the Texas State Cemetery following the reception.
Pallbearers are George III, Graves, Ken, George IV, Weston and Jason. Honorary pallbearers are the members of her Sunday School class.
The family would like to thank our friends at The Gathering and the staff at Arden Courts for their love and care for Mollie.
"…rarely do a man and woman fall equally in love with each other and even more rarely do they so live their lives that they continue to be lovers at times and still develop and enjoy the constant companionship of married life." By Doris Kearns Goodwin
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Settlement Home in Austin, Austin Smiles or BCFS, formerly Baptist Child & Family Services, in San Antonio.