Mary E. McGowan

December 30, 1924October 9, 2020

Mary E. McGowan, 95, of Evansville, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020, at the Evansville Protestant Home. She was born on December 30, 1924, in Boonville, IN, to the late John Waldo and Pearl (Hicks) Nicholson.

Mary had worked as a buyer for Salm’s Department Store, Panache’ Hair and in the office of Drs. Raibley and Ligon. She met her husband while working at Servel during the war. Mary enjoyed crocheting and needlework, reading, cooking and baking. She always made her “mix” for everyone at Christmas. Mary attended Olivet Church, where she served as a Deacon. She had volunteered for her church, teaching Sunday school and bible school.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert McGowan; brothers, John, Robert, Kenneth, Jerry and James Nicholson.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Julia Leavitt and Jan Wojcicki (Dr. Walter); grandchildren, Megan Leavitt and Mary Alice Wojcicki; sisters, Betty Bell, Doris Bremkamp and Judy Reed; brother, Charles Nicholson; nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020, at Sunset Memorial Park, with burial to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.


  • Julia Leavitt, Daughter
  • Jan Wojcicki (Walt), Daughter
  • Megan Leavit, Granddaughter
  • Mary Alice Wojcicki, Granddaughter
  • Betty Bell, Sister
  • Doris Bremkamp, Sister
  • Judy Reed, Sister
  • Charles Nicholson, Brother
  • Robert McGowan, Husband (deceased)
  • John Waldo Nicholson, Father (deceased)
  • Pearl (Hicks) Nicholson, Mother (deceased)
  • John Nicholson, Brother (deceased)
  • Robert Nicholson, Brother (deceased)
  • Kenneth Nicholson, Brother (deceased)
  • Jerry Nicholson, Brother (deceased)
  • James Nicholson, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary also leaves behind nieces, nephews, and other family members to cherish her memory.

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020


Mary E. McGowan

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Lynn Powell

October 14, 2020

Mary was one of the few genuine people ! She always had a smile on her face and really cared about others. She was an amazing Christian example to all of us. I had the privilege of getting to know her through Olivet activities and especially when she helped out at the preschool and I was teaching. I actually had the opportunity to spend time with her and we went out for lunch when our paths would cross. I loved my time with her and have missed her so much the last few years at Olivet. I am happy she is in such a beautiful place walking the streets of gold with Jesus. Her smiling face will forever be etched in my memories.

David Poland

October 12, 2020

Mary was one of my favorite "moms" from my childhood. Always gracious and welcoming, she was an Olivet "saint." My condolences to Julie and to Jan, both wonderful ladies who took after their mother.


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