Gowie, Emily EAST GREENBUSH Emily Gertrude MacGilfrey Gowie, 83, of East Greenbush, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, August 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Elsa MacGilfrey and the wife of the late George J. Gowie. Emily lived most of her adult life in Defreestville. She worked for a short time as a bookkeeper but was primarily a homemaker. Emily was also predeceased by sisters, Elizabeth Kemp, Pauline Lyall, Ruth Mullaney, Helen Englebardt and Jeanette Kampfer; and by brothers, Kenneth and Edward MacGilfrey. She is survived by her children, Donna Harrison of East Greenbush, Daniel (Donna) Gowie of Rensselaer, Amy (Robert) Mandel of Stephentown, Lisa (Oscar) Lewis of East Greenbush and Steven Gowie of Cohoes; two brothers, James (Yvonne) MacGilfrey of Port Orange, Fla. and Thomas MacGilfrey of Albany. She was the beloved Nana of her grandchildren, Jennilee and William Harrison, Timothy Wagner, Josh and Lily Gowie, Max and Melissa Mandel, Tessa and Bethany Lewis, Caitlyn and Brianna Gowie. Emily's family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to her aides Alexia Miles and Gloria Hubbard for the loving care they bestowed on Emily since February 2012. The family would also like to thank the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, especially nurses Sara Rose and Elizabeth, as well as Dr. Danskin, Liz, Bree and Gerry for the compassionate support and care provided to Emily and her family the past 1 1/2 years. Funeral from the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Tuesday morning, August 20, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., all are welcome to attend. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Blooming Grove Cemetery, Defreestville. Contributions in her memory may be made to Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144. Condolence page at wjlyonsfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2013