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E. Lucile (Grammie) Cowle

1917 - 2014
E. Lucile (Grammie) Cowle Obituary
E. Lucile Cowle
1917 - 2014

Lucile was born July 18, 1917 in Renton, Washington and graduated to heaven to sign up for the "Guardian Angel" program on March 17, 2014. Grammie lived a long, full life of 96 years, filled with much love and grace, with a house that was clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. In fact the sign she painted above her door read "May all enter with a happy heart".

Lucile grew up in Washington and then later moved to Southern California and attended Belmont High School where she met the love of her life and graduated in 1936. After being in England and working in France in 1938 and 1939, she barely made it out of France just as Germany invaded at the beginning of World War II, returning to America on the last ship out of Marselles. She married Johnny (Pops) on November 7th, 1940, and after his military career, settled in Southern California to raise her family. Grammie and Pops (as they were widely known by many) relocated to Shasta County upon his retirement from Pacific Bell in 1974 to live in "The House that John built" in Millville.

Lucile had a lifelong commitment to teaching children to swim. She started her own business at the Encino swim school, and then continued coaching and teaching as the owner at Northridge swim school in 1958. In the early 70's, she built her own swim school in Burbank, focusing on "Teaching Tots to Swim" using her own technique and wrote a book by the same name. The swim school bearing her name is still there today. Lucile was quite famous at the time, appearing in the August 1971 edition of Life Magazine, demonstrating her techniques on the Dinah Shore show, and appearing on the game show "What's my Line". She was teaching water safety for babies well into her 90's, including numerous children in Shasta County.

Her other lifelong passion was art and music. She played the cello and piano and enjoyed painting personal portraits and landscapes, especially seascapes. She was in the Art Association in Shasta County for years and was featured in a profile article in the Redding Record Searchlight in 1990.

Grammie and Pops moved up to Lake Almanor in August 1990 to enjoy their love of water especially fishing (early to bed, early to rise, fish all day and make up lies). They returned to Redding in 1996 to be closer to their family and have milder winters.

Grammie and Pops were longtime members of Cow Creek Community Church, founding the Saints Alive! (a seasoned citizen group). They later attended Oak Grove Bible Fellowship.
Grammie loved people and extended grace to all. She was a tremendous example to her family, and her quick wit was always enjoyed by those fortunate enough to hear.
She was also quick to offer an encouraging word and was one of the most sincere individuals you could meet. In fact, when meeting someone new, she would always say "Nice to know you, not nice to meet you".

Grammie truly believed that "prayers go up and blessings come down". She was particularly fond of children, especially her family. She took great delight in the accomplishments of her granddaughters and their families, providing wise counsel to them all even recently.

She is preceded in going home to be with the Lord by her husband of 71 years, Johnny.

Survived by son John Douglas Cowle (Nola), daughter Diane Rourke (Ron), 4 beautiful granddaughters, 11 great grandkids, and 7 great - great grandkids.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lucile Cowle Mountain Meadows Bible Camp Scholarship Fund in c/o Oak Grove Bible Fellowship.

A celebration of her life will be held at Oak Grove Bible Fellowship, which meets at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Palo Cedro, on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3pm.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Mar. 19, 2014
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