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Irene Cowie

Birth Date: June 30, 1922
Death Date: July 4, 2016

Irene La Grange Friedman Cowie, of San Diego, passed away July 4, 2016. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa on June 30, 1922. had a career in sales for 40 yrs. Irene had a passion for dancing, swimming, black coffee, operas ” Madame Butterfly, Aida, LaBoheme , Ravel’s Bolero and animals. She is survived by daughter, Sandra and son, Nathan. Private services will be held. Arrangements being handled with Clairemont Mortuary 4266 Mt. Abernathy Avenue. San Diego, CA 92117 (858 279 2211).

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July 11, 2016
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4266 Mt Abernathy Ave San Diego, CA 92117
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  1. Hey Sandra, I remember when I was her caregiver, she was a feisty sweet lady that loved cats..and would always say " God Bless you to me!" That's how our friendship began and I helped her for over a year. I've been good friend's with you for years it seems. My condolences to you and your family! Love Michelle

  2. Hi Sandra: I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. We enjoyed the 10 years she lived in our condo. She was such a sweet lady always so kind to me and my girls. I remember every time I came for a visit, she always gave my girls something to take home. Candies, teddy bear, and even $1.00. I'm going to miss her!
    Please take care, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Wendy

  3. Dear Sandra, so glad to have known Aunty Irene. What a girl! What a legend! My Mom and your Mom had some good times together. Here is a copy of a card your Mom gave my Mom. I found this among her prized mementoes after she passed away in 2014. My thoughts and love are with you Sandra. You are an amazing woman yourself… Lots of Love and hugs. Linus and Genéne Schietekat. xxx

  4. Hi Sandy, so sorry to hear about your mom, Irene passing away . I know this has to be an exceedingly difficult time for you .
    Gabby and I have you very much in our thoughts as you go through the emotional roller coaster after losing a parent . Age and medical conditions do seem so irrelevant at this moment in time and really don't appear to mitigate the profound sadness one feels. The loss is all consuming and overwhelming at times .. the pain seems unbearable and the existential questions you confront so pervasive !
    So much love from us in Nashville and wishing you and the family a long and healthy life. Much love, Wal and Gab

  5. Hi Sandra, Aunti Irene made us all laugh and gave us Joy in our time spent with her.
    We will miss her dearly, whilst we rejoice in her passing so she maybe reunited with all her loved ones. RIP Auntie Irene, you know it, we know it, you kicked life's ass. My sincerest condolences, PS I finally got Skype running with a bit of effort gert.fourie60. Gert

  6. Sandra — Am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She
    sounds like she was a very special person and so are you.
    Guess the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree. You are in
    my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Hi Sandra So sorry to read that your mum has passed away. I never new her but imagine what a traumatic experience it was for you. I am sure she has gone to a good place. Ruth and I wish you our sincere condolences and may you have a good and long life. xxx much love Mark and Ruth and family

  8. Hi Sandra, I am so sorry to hear about Mom, also I am even more sorry I did not send her a message for her birthday but I was thinking of her. We have been very busy sorting out for our daughter Yasmin who passed away on the 22nd May. We are back in Brisbane as we are waiting on her house hold things from Perth as she was going to move there but changed her mind as she broke up with the boyfriend , then she went overseas for a year and came home. Then she got this horrible cancer that she was in so much pain. I just can’t believe my beautiful girl has gone and I won’t see her again. She was only 42.
    Your Mom and I had some really good times. She was the longest friend I had. I am on FB maybe we can keep in touch via FB. My thoughts are with you all, you are all in my heart. Please give my condolences to all. much love, Zena & Fred. xx

  9. Dear Sandra– our deepest sympathy with your big loss — mom was blessed to have you as a daughter — although we as children often become a silent presence in our parents lives — doing whats got to be done–and thus icons on both sides are created– mostly it never gets talked about –Thinking of you heading for a new life!! Xxx Adri and Heleen

  10. Dear Sandra: Nothing much to say except that when I saw her picture–“There was you ! ! ‘ Incredible likeness. If you have her longevity genes you’ll be around a long time. All those years—-you must miss her in your own way Loving thoughts-Douglas

  11. Condolences and fond memories of your mom. Your kindness and strength in taking care of her for so many years. Her love of animals was always so touching to me when you visited me in Santa Monica, and I visited you in San Diego. You and the family gave her a good life especially while she was in San Diego, so remember the good times. She was so interested in what was going on in the world right in to her 90s. I vividly remember her reading the newspaper every day. Take care of yourself. Carol.

  12. Hi Sandra, I am so very sad to hear of the passing of my oldest and dearest friend. Our friendship has spanned 55 years and although we lived so far apart she was never far from my thoughts and heart.

    One memory I have is when Irene came to Cape Town, I think it was Jenny and Dudley who brought her over for a holiday. The look of surprise on her face when she saw me the last person she thought would be there to meet her at the airport. We had many happy times together.

    My sincere condolences to you and Nathan and all of the family.

    Goodbye old friend and rest well till we meet again.

  13. Christa Starke Ah. Sad news. Loved her to bits. Wonderful person and such an animal lover. Will be sadly missed. RIP Aunty Irene. Xxx

  14. Nicole — rest in peace aunty Irene, will never forget that sense of humour! Thinking of you Sandra, aunty Jen & Mo xx

  15. Hi Sands sending you lots of love sorry to hear about your Mom what a innings she had and what a way to leave this world with no suffering. Lots of love hope I see you soon xxx Linda

  16. I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing…This was so sudden after her 94th Birthday, I almost can't believe it! We are thinking of you & sending you all our love! I know that this will also bring you some relief & some well deserved peace, rest & freedom that you deserve! You did a great thing caring for your mother for so long!
    We love you and can't wait to see you end of the year! Lots of love Leanne & Gerhard

  17. Dear Sandy, I just read on fb that Irene passed away. I was sorry to learn of your sad news. I wish you strength during this difficult time and send you lots of love. Take good care of yourself. Xxx Adine

  18. SANDY & KEITH WARD -Dearest Sandra, No matter how old we are, Losing your Mum is one of the deepest sorrows. Her love, Her caring, and Her wisdom will live on and always be with you. With deepest sympathy and love Sandy and Keith, London xxxxxxx Please pass our deepest sympathy and love to Nathan and Michelle

  19. Monique Gazzilli RIP Aunty Irene. You are spoken of so often in my house! My friend Craig, thinks you were a famous movie star! We can all agree on why he would think that!! :purple_heart: your favourite colour was purple, you loved animals (cats especially) above everything else, you loved Marlboro reds and hated water with your scotch. We will never forget you.

  20. I remember Irene as a vibrant, vivacious and very talkative woman who enjoyed smoking and having a beer with company.
    She engaged in conversation with all those she liked. I did not get to know her as well as I would have liked, but she made a vivid and memorable impression upon me. It is very sad that she is gone. She will be remembered and missed by all who met her and called her a friend. Sandra, I send you my deepest sympathy and condolences.


  21. Dearest Sandra, we are all terribly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Big hugs & kisses from the extended Cooper family xox

  22. Sadly our Aunty Irene passed at 11pm U S A time 4th July after a good innings lasting 94 years. Against all odds she lived a full life. Sandra you are an amazing daughter who fortunately was there for her at all times. I wish Nathan and you a long life and thank you for all that you did for her. So happy i got to speak to her on her 94th birthday June 30th. Her last words to me were “ i should never have left S A and send her my love.” Cousin, Jennifer Bezuidenhout.
    I am very sorry about your mom but she is in Jesus's hands now. We all loved her very much. Take care of youself. Love Mariki van der Berg
    Hi aunty sandra. Sad to hear about aunty irene. Condolences and thinking of you, George Fourie

    I am very happy I spoke to Aunt Irene on her birthday. I miss her as she was part of us for so many years, cousin, Anita Lochner.

    Brenda Ricci Hello Jenny. My deepest sympathy to you and Sandra and the family. Aunty Irene was one of a kind, always full of life!
    Michele van Schalkwyk RIP, aunty Irene, thinking of you all! Mariki van der Berg Sy het voorwaar n vol lewe gehad maar sal gemis word She has truly had a full life but will be missed

    Yvonne du Buisson Love from all of us A beautiful soul who lived a life full of love, compassion and energy…

    Monique Rita Teixeira RIP Aunty Irene… I will never forget the amazing memories we shared and the good times we had… The endless laughs, the random dance session at Caprice and eyeballing the aesthetics guys on Camps Bay beach… At 90, and in your American accent you chirped "Honey I'll have two of them!" LOL… Go on, knock them out in heaven with your great sense of humour and ONE IN A MILLION CHARACTER! .. 94 YEARS!!! WHAT AN INNINGS! WE LOVE YOU!!! XXX

  23. I loved how happy Irene was when my dog Lola would leap across the couch and lick Irene's face like mad! Irene would laugh and laugh. They really adored each other.

  24. David & Rita, R.I.P. AUNTY IRENE! What a legend! Lots of memories you have left behind – a full life you lived! So grateful we got to talk to you & wish you for your 94th birthday on 30 June. As expected, you exited in style, on America's day of independence! Always in our hearts. Hi Sandra, sorry to hear about mom will Skype later, david and rita

    Renee Chadwick So sorry to hear about Aunty Irene. She was a true character, full of energy. Thinking of you and all the family xoxo
    Mario da Silva RIP Aunty Irene. What a life lived to its fullest. Thanx for all the laughs and entertainment. Legend of note. My condolences to all.
    Dear Sandra, I have just heard from Nathan about the passing of your Mom, Irene on July 4th. We are all sad to hear of this news and wish you & your extended Family our deepest sympathy & condolences during this difficult time. Much love, Harold, Wendy & Family.

    Hi Sandra, It is with sadness that Suzanne and I extend our condolences to you on the loss of your Mom, Irene. We wish you a future of strength and good health and hope that we communicate sharing good news rather than sad. Take care Selwyn and Suzanne
    Sandra, I just caught your email. Deep breaths and move at your own pace. I know the emotions can be exhausting. Your mother went out with the fireworks and that seems exactly fitting. She was sparkling and unforgettable. Big hug, Sandra -I'm so glad we had our outing this past weekend and I enjoyed it enormously. Please call if you feel like a talk (and you've rested your voice). If I can help you with anything at all, don't hesitate to call. Love you! Sharon

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