Dear Cowden Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious loved one. My heart goes out to you all. In the summer of 1974, after my freshman year of college, I served in the summer missions program for the Rio Grande River Ministry. My place of residence for that summer was in the home of Francis Cowden of Pearsall, TX. I remember hearing about her three children and their families, and even got to meet some of you. She was such a godly woman and had a great influence on my life and remains one of my favorite people to this day. It took me awhile to make the connection, but when a friend from Cleburne called and said that Shirley Cowden's brother-in-law was one of the victims, I remembered. You all have been so much on my mind and in my prayers. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen your family,and that you will feel His loving arms around you.