Virginia McClellan McCowen

September 24, 1922May 10, 2013

Virginia McClellan McCowen departed this world on Friday evening after a very brief illness enjoying 90 vibrant years and a family who adored her. She was born in 1922 in Enid, Oklahoma and retained much of the independence and resilience of the pioneer west. Moving to Lookout Mountain, TN, she attended the Girls Preparatory School (GPS) where she made lifelong friends; however, it was Macon with which she fell in love, attending Wesleyan College and graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1944. Upon graduation, she took a job in the President’s office and began dating her husband of 59 years, William W. (Bill) McCowen, who won her heart with a tennis trophy full of his mother’s pink roses. In 2005 her family gave the bridge spanning Wesleyan’s pond in her honor, and it bears her name to commemorate.

Virginia and Bill purchased their beloved property on Old Club Road in 1950, and its care and development proved to be a lifelong hobby and occupation. Raising their family, growing their vegetables, caring for their camellias, weeding and the never ending interaction with pine cones provided them with exercise and communion with God and nature. Gina has maintained the tradition since Bill’s death in 2005 and was so engaged until the week before her death.

She was active in the Junior League of Macon, serving as its president in 1961-62, the Wesleyan Alumnae Association, serving as its president from 1958 – 1961, The History Club, The Idle Hour Sewing Club, Christ Episcopal Church and various Bible Studies to name a few of her community interests. She supported Bill in the Macon Rotary Club as the secretary to the Secretary, producing the weekly bulletin on her Selectric typewriter for 28 years.

She was an avid reader of fiction and philosophy and never without a crossword puzzle, but her time was increasingly spent as the unofficial spiritual guide and Christian counselor to so many who came to her for wisdom, comfort and advice. Her joy and quick wit was magnetic, and her big smile and spontaneous laugh infectious. Her life was truly a tribute to her efforts to live close to her Lord.

She is survived by daughters, Dr. Murray McCowen Sellers (George) of Greenwood, SC and Doris McCowen Muir (Jeff) of Atlanta; grandchildren, Dr. Wendy Sellers Campbell (Bill), Dr. Kathleen Sellers Hughes (Mark), Virginia Muir Johnson (Clete), Travis McCowen Muir (Rita), and Scott Shepard Muir; great-grandchildren, Lucy Campbell, Sally Campbell, and Andy Hughes; sister, Sally Currey (Brad) of Atlanta.

The family would like to welcome you to an informal gathering from 5 until 7 PM Friday in the parlor of Idle Hour Golf & Country Club. A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Rose Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon 31210 or Christ Episcopal Church, 582 Walnut Street, Macon 31201 or Joyce Meyer Ministries, or the Humane Society of your choice.

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Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.



  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Graveside Service Sunday, May 26, 2013


  • Burial

Virginia McClellan McCowen

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Harriet Clary

May 31, 2013

Dear Murray and Doris, I am so saddened by the news that my dear Aunt Gina has left this earthly world. She helped me so much with my grief when I lost my own mother. She and Uncle Bill were my godparents and Aunt Gina was like a spirital guide to me. I soaked it all in and couldn't wait to get home to talk to her. Our talks became part of her daily ritual, almost as predictable as her time on the porch with Uncle Bill. They loved each other so much. If only we could all have that. I truly believe they will reunite. Special souls.

Sue Parkerson

May 26, 2013

Dear Doris, Murray, and Family:

Please know that All of You are in my thoughts & prayers, especially tomorrow during the service. With bittersweetness, I so grieve the loss of Your Mother's life as well as rejoice in the gifts and legacy which she leaves. I deeply regret that I will not be able to attend...

As you know, I so adored and loved 'Aunt Gina.' She was a beacon of love, brillance, warmth, and joy. I especially recall the numerous visits she and I shared one-on-one as we unraveled various theological/faith issues, and shared the latest books we were reading. She was truly an outstanding person and my special mentor :).

All week I have felt the lively glow of her Christmas tree smile. :) This signals to me her ongoing new life - her reunion with Uncle Bill, all the Saints, and her transformed presence among us :).

Love and Blessings,


(Parkerson, M.Div., Ph.D.)

Carol Clary

May 20, 2013

Her light will always shine in my heart.

Carol Clary

May 20, 2013

I loved and admired Aunt Gina very much. She was an important part of my childhood and I enjoyed many visits and talks with her. She was one of my mother's best friends. After my own mother died I looked to her and Uncle Bill as if they were my own parents as they made me feel that way. I know what a loss you all are feeling and wish I could ease your pain. I will never forget the influence she had in my life. She was my favorite aunt and I am a better person from having known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your cousin Carol

Kristi Sanders

May 17, 2013

I have very fond memories of your mother and father. My grandfather William Barton was a dear friend of theirs and our family throughout many many years(tennis and ga bulldogs too). I have written letters back and forth to your mother for years to stay in touch and also a few calls as well. She was a wonderful sweet and lovely lady and she will be missed by many, especially me.

Mark Renfroe

May 16, 2013

I was Mrs Mccowen's mailman for several years. She was a sweet lady who was always in her yard working or a chair reading a book if the weather permitted. If it was cool she had on her overalls and jacket. She was delight to talk to. I know your family will miss her greatly.

Rich D'Amaro

May 15, 2013

My brief time with your mother was inspiring! All the words in the obituary are right on as I found myself drawn to her as we talked on our ride to Macon.
Know that we are all thinking of you and we will celebrate her life with you and Jeff real soon.
Love Rich and Katherine D'Amaro

Catherine Grist

May 15, 2013

Doris, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. It is never easy to lose a mother, no matter how old they are or how old we are. I will be remembering you during these days.

With sympathy,
Catherine Grist
Assistant to Brad

Barb Lee

May 14, 2013

Doris, your mother really was an amazing woman, just like you are. I love you and hope that comfort will come to you during this heart-breaking time. Remember what I told you when we were together, last. When you reach out to call her, and realize you can, just say to yourself, "Oh, you already know."