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Lenora Armstrong Cowel


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Lenora Armstrong Cowel

Kansas City - Lenora Cowel, nee Lenora Ann Armstrong, passed away peacefully September 13, 2018 at the age of 87. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 31, 1931 to Elmer "Army" and Ruth Armstrong. With her family (her parents and beloved older brother Dale), she moved to Tulsa, OK when she was 3 and, in 1941, to Shreveport, Louisiana, which she considered home for the rest of her life (even though she spent her last years in Naperville, Illinois, where both of her children were living). She was a proud 1949 graduate of Byrd High School, where she played the clarinet in the school band and was on the debate team, among other activities. One of her close friends there later met and married her brother. She attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on a full academic scholarship, and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, graduating in 1953 cum laude with a degree in English literature. She moved back to Shreveport and became a much-beloved first grade teacher at Southfield School. During summers, she was a camp counselor at Camp Fern in Texas and Camp Wyonegonic in Maine, becoming an avid fan of traditional summer camps for young people. She paused her teaching career when her children were young, then returned to teaching first grade at Agnew School until being recruited as a Special Education teacher at Holy Angels school. While working, she finished a MFA degree from LSU Shreveport, and nearly completed a Masters in Special Education. She became passionate about helping children with profound disabilities progress, and is remembered fondly by other teachers and staff of Holy Angels. She finished her career working as a Special Education teacher for Caddo parish schools.

Lenora was a member of First Methodist Church of Shreveport, and also sometimes attended Grace Methodist church of Shreveport. She was a passionate lover of the arts - music (especially opera and classical), ballet, and visual. She greatly enjoyed cooking, especially experimenting with recipes hybridized from her extensive collection of cookbooks, which she loved poring over. (She loved books of all types and had a large library.) She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing beautiful clothes. She adored traveling, especially overseas, but equally loved being a homemaker and spending time in her garden with her pets. In her later years, she enjoyed painting and swimming. She was at her happiest hosting her cherished family for visits and meals. Indeed, her passion was her family, as demonstrated by her 48-year marriage to her husband, the late Steven Nick Cowel, and her unfailing interest in and support of her children and, later, grandchildren. She is survived by both of those children (and their spouses), Les Cedric Cowel (Jennifer) and Debbe Cowel Harris (Richard) and their children Lindsey and Allison Cowel and Carston, Cielle Anabel, and Lisette Harris, as well as her adored brother Dale and his four children and their children, many nieces from her husband's side, and her beloved friend and caregiver Jennifer Carso. All who knew Lenora were struck by her kind and loving, gentle, pleasant nature, and frequently commented on her sweetness. She will be dearly remembered and missed by those who knew her. Services will be private; family can be contacted through Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home in Naperville, IL.
Published in Shreveport Times on Sept. 16, 2018
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