Marilyn McCabe Gower

marilyn gower

June 9, 1925 ~ November 15, 2015

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Marilyn McCabe Gower, 90, passed away on Nov. 15, 2015. She was a Pueblo native born on June 9, 1925, the first daughter of Kenneth and Priscilla McCabe, and a proud and active alumni of Centennial class of '43. She went on to CU and graduated in 1946, having been a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She married Ansel, her Centennial 'steady,' shortly after he was released from the Army and then worked in Boulder at Western States Cutlery. When they returned to Pueblo she worked for the CFI Insurance Department until 1951, when she contracted polio. Marilyn was a devoted and uncomplaining mother of three children, as well as a member of several community organizations. These included the Church of Ascension, PEO, Wednesday Morning Club, Service League, CU, and KKG alumnae groups, Republican primary caucuses and PCC where she was the swim team 'mother in charge' of carpooling and team management. Caring for her yard and flowers was her favorite relaxation, followed by reading, knitting and support of the Arts as well as many charitable organizations. She is survived by her husband of 69 years and their daughters, Margaret Ellen (Mike) Hurley of Colorado Springs, and Ann (Harvey) Pinkelman of Centennial, and son, Bill Gower of Pueblo. Surviving grandchildren are Sara Morton (Alex Millkey) and Jesse Morton (Brittany) of Portland, Oregon, Tyson Hurley, Castle Rock, and Ben, Kaitlyn, Liam, and Emma Pinkelman of Centennial. Also surviving are three great grandchildren, her sister Martha Elliott of Denver, brother-in-law Bill Hatton of Los Angeles and sister-in-law Linda McCabe of Pueblo. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Priscilla (June) Hatton; and brother, Kenneth W. McCabe. Private family interment prior to the memorial service. Service, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Church of the Ascension followed by a reception in the church's reception hall. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to either Frontier Hospice or Church of the Ascension through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Bill and family, John and I would like to offer our sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. My dear friends, As I have said before, your mom (wife, mother-in-law, grandmother) was one of the sweetest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was an incredible woman… like no other… As I was growing up (a friend of Ann’s), we knew… all of us kids… that your house was the place where we could be comfortable, and safe and cared for. It was a home away from home kind of place… I thank your mother for those lovely childhood memories which will remain with me for my entire life. I had planned to be at the funeral this day but my daughter was given a diagnosis of “walking pneumonia” last night by the doctor and I can’t leave her but I will be thinking of you all day…. I wish you all peace… call on me anytime if you need anything…. Deb Schneider

  3. Prayers, love and support are with all of you. May the next days, weeks and beyond be filled with all those wonderful memories of a life that was richly filled with activities, family, friends and community. Carolyn Rudy

  4. Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the beautiful memories of your mother bring you comfort
    during this time. Our sincere condolences. Ken & Antelia

  5. Ann & All, Loving thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family. I have a lot of fond memories of your mom. Love always, Terry Rendler

  6. Bill & Family, Our thoughts & Prayers are with you all, may the prayers, love & support of family & friends help you through the days ahead.
    With deepest sympathy, Anthony & Katrina LiVecchi & Sons

  7. So sorry to read about your loss. She was such a nice Mom back in high school days with Meg. My thoughts are with the family.

  8. Ansel, Meg, Ann and Bill,
    I am sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady. I will always be thankful for my “Pueblo Mom”.

  9. Bill, Just read the sad news about your mother. So sorry, my man. Living down here in Mesa, Arizona makes it difficult to be available during these times. Hang in there and I am thinking of you. Coach Brock

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