Uvon Butler McCowin, 91, lifelong resident of eastern Idaho, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Idaho Falls.
Uvon was born Sept. 13, 1922, in Bone to Ralph Francis Butler and Carrie Lenore Beckley, the 10th of 15 children. She attended public schools and graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1944. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church.
Her favorite memories included roaming the hills with her siblings on the family homestead at Bone, working at Snowball's Sport Shop and dancing to the sounds of the big bands. Her hero was her mother, who passed in 1943, leaving Uvon the oldest child at home to play mother to five younger siblings. She loved flowers and music. She had a beautiful singing voice and she loved to dance.
In 1945, she met Ken McCowin, who was recently home from World War II. They got engaged at Riverside Gardens dancing to the sounds of Louis Armstrong's band. Ken and Uvon married Jan. 26, 1947, in Idaho Falls and celebrated 62 years together. Three daughters were born to this marriage. Ken preceded her in death in 2009.
In 1968, Uvon fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse, graduating from Sacred Heart Hospital Nursing Academy. She worked at the hospital for several years, then spent the rest of her career at the Medical Center for Women and Children.
She was a member of the BPO Does Lodge 1087. Uvon and Ken enjoyed many evenings dancing at the lodge in Idaho Falls with friends and family.
After retirement in 1985, her greatest joy was spending time with her family at the cabin in Palisades, especially with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Uvon had a great sense of humor. She loved hummingbirds, babies, Elvis Presley and the Utah Jazz. She loved watching her grandsons play sports, especially baseball. She never missed a baseball game in which her grandsons played.
Uvon was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Dora, Ethel, Lavella, Georgia, Eva and Grace; two brothers, Buck and Woodrow; her daughter, Kerry Lee McCowin; and her cat, Elvis.
She is survived by two daughters, Shannon Bowman and Stacy (Gary) Pullen of Idaho Falls; along with three grandchildren, Brooke (Ben) Heeding of Idaho Falls, Brandon Pullen of San Diego and Brian Pullen of Tampa, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, McKenzee Pullen, Chanse Jackson and Kenyen Uvon Heeding. She is also survived by two brothers, Ralph (Geneva) Butler and Floyd Butler; and three sisters, Lenore Gardner and Doris Remsburg of Idaho Falls and Lillian Morgan of American Falls.
Special thanks to Michelle, Denise, Amanda and Susan for their loving and gentle care of our Nanny.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., with Pastor Gordon Boyle officiating. The family will greet friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Monday, both times at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.