Martin Mortuary

550 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO


Carol Anita Cowan

December 11, 1944September 9, 2019

Carol Anita Cowan, 74, of Fruita, passed away on September 9, 2019 at HopeWest Hospice Care Center. She was a homemaker. Carol loved the outdoors, whether fishing, boating, camping or riding in the RV, she was happiest when she could do any of these activities with her family. She taught herself to play the piano, and every song she played was “always in the key of C”. Carol also had a knack for cooking dishes that her family loved, but have so far been difficult to replicate. Her survivors include her sons, Jack (Tina) Blackwood of Fruita, Leo (Jayme) Blackwood of Palisade, Tony (Minghan) Ahlswede of Fruita, and Rod (Sharon) Cowan of Clifton; sisters, Jacqueline McPherson-Atchison of Palisade, and Iris Dilling of Grand Junction; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alta (Daugherty) Bierce; her husband, James Wallace Cowan; and her eldest son, Darren Criswell. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made in Carol's name to HopeWest Hospice Care Center 3090 N. 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, Colorado 81506 or www.hopewestco.org, or to the veteran’s organization of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019


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Judy Mitchell

September 13, 2019

Carol, you will be missed. We used to have a lot of fun in our younger days! Tell my Brother Jim hi when you see him, I still miss him a lot too. You were a great addition to our family.

Debe/Gary Rhizor

September 12, 2019

Thinking of my Aunt Carol just puts a smile on my face. She was so fun to be around. Her love of mashed potatoes was unequaled. My Aunt and Gary had an on-going prank thing that went on for years. eggs in his boots, vaseline smeared on his glasses and a pie right in his face one time. All good fun based on Love. She loved her family beyond words. Has set an example for all of us to follow. She was unconditional love.
will miss her laugh most of all. and I believe she will be watching over her family forever.

Tina Blackwood

September 12, 2019

Momma Bear, you were such an inspiration for those who encountered your loving, humble, compassionate, and understanding nature.  You were indeed a family-oriented soul, and I have
been blessed with so many take-aways to model my own life after.

Momma Bear, even though I can no longer hear your voice or see your smile, I know you will always walk beside me as you did when you wiped my tears, listen to my troubles, and wrapped your arms around me to make everything okay.  Our special bond can never be broken by your
passing as it will continue to live inside of me for many years to come.  I know you will help me through each forthcoming day as you never went away because our hearts became as one.  Thank you for a depth of love that never had to be spoken, but often said “I love you” to each other as a confirmation of that love we had for each other. You are a marvelous gift from above, and I miss you so intensely. 

Richard Mitchell Jr

September 12, 2019

I always loved talking to Aunt Carol. She was one of the sweetest most loving people I know. I will miss her greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She and Uncle Jim are together again. 💖💖💖

Steven Blackwood

September 11, 2019

Listing to her play the piano with my song on her lap. Singing hymns. She played so beautifully. She always had a smile on her face. She lit up a room, doesn’t matter which room she walked in. I will miss you grandma. I am glad I was able to come out and spend some time with you. Glad I have pictures with you. You are at peace. Tell grandpa Jim I love him to.

Robert and Melissa Arnold

September 10, 2019

The sweetest soul has left this world! Fly with the angels.💕💕💕💕💕 condolences to Aunt Carol’s family.