Marvy (Flanders) Cowser went to be with her Lord Friday, August 5, 2022, after a brief illness. She was born a healthy baby girl on June 29, 1939, in Tarrytown, Georgia into the household of Artis and Oreda Flanders. The fifth child of a family of eight, she was given the name Marvy Maureen but everyone in her town affectionately called her “Skeet”.
Marvy attended elementary and middle school in Tarrytown, Georgia, before transferring to Mount Vernon, Georgia for high school. As a child, she loved to read and sing. After graduation, she moved to New London, Connecticut, and worked at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for over 40 years as a CNA.
It was in New London where she met and married the love of her life Darwin Cowser. They were blessed with one child, Donna Marie. Marvy loved her family deeply and mourned the loss of both her beloved husband and daughter who preceded her in death. Upon the death of her beloved daughter, Donna, she would sometimes feel the sadness of that loss, but her grandson, Lonnie, brought new meaning to her life. She loved her Lonnie!
Marvy accepted the Lord into her life in her twenties and never let go of God’s hand. She was an active member of Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ now Madry Temple under the tutelage of the late Elder JR Madry Sr. and now under the pastorship of Jack Madry, Pastor. Marvy was a bonafide believer who was sanctified, and Holy Ghost filled. She loved praising, dancing for Jesus, witnessing to others, and helping whomever she could. Marvy loved working in the church’s Sunshine Band, singing in the hymn choir and selling dinners for church projects. Over the years, she experienced many ups and downs but trusted God to bring her through victoriously. Through her illness she never lost faith in the power of God.
She loved to watch the NBA, WNBA and college basketball and had a knack for knowing the stats of many players. In high school, she played basketball and often talked about her speed and ability to quickly move around other players. She also enjoyed shoreline fishing and shared that love with many of her nieces and nephews. Marvy loved fashion and was a classy dresser. On any given Sunday, you would expect to see her stylishly dressed for church in a hat, high heels, makeup, jewelry and good smelling perfume.
Marvy was an outgoing, friendly, and comical person. She enjoyed talking to others. Her animated stories were often the highlight of family events. Marvy always had a good story to share and would pull you in with her words, gestures, and facial expressions. She was also famous for her coconut cakes.
After 60+ years of living in Connecticut she decided to move to Cumming, Georgia, to live with her sister Mozella and brother-in-law Michael. She became a member of Greater Community Church of God in Christ in Marietta Georgia under the Pastorship of Bishop Matthew L. Brown. She was blessed by the teaching and preaching of Pastor Brown and made many friends at the church. In Cumming, Marvy was actively involved with the Forsyth County Senior Center doing arts and crafts, day trips, and sometimes exercising. She made many friends there including staff members.
Along with Darwin and Donna, Mother Cowser was preceded in death by her parents Artis and Oreda and two brothers, Willie Rufus and Otis Flanders. She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved grandson Laurence “Lonnie” Hooker, her brother Frank Flanders (Marie), sisters Jewel Marie Flanders, Mary Hurst (Hosea) and Mozella Whitaker (Michael), three great grandchildren Christopher, Yalanie and Malakai and a multitude of cousins, nephews, nieces, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, many friends, and sisters and brothers in Christ. She touched so many lives.
Rejoice in heaven grandmother, sister, auntie, cousin and friend. So long, Tarrytown girl. Heaven welcomes you.
Rest in Heaven…you are already deeply missed.