Marianne "Mickey" Gowen Abernathy

March 21, 1929June 21, 2020

Marianne "Mickey" (nee Gowen) Abernathy, age 91, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2020. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Mickey was the daughter of the late Jesse Lee Gowen, Sr. and Evangeline Willie Davis Gowen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jesse Lee Gowen, Jr., of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, brother Robert H. Gowen of Birmingham, Alabama.

Mickey is survived by brother Bill Gowen of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter Leeann Abernathy Bailey of Nashville, Tennessee, granddaughter Stephanie Jones of Murfreesboro, Tennesse, grandson Jason Friton of Ashland City, Tennessee, five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Mickey lived a full life and was successful in business for many years. She touched many lives in many ways and will be dearly missed.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at two o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, June 26, 2020 in Dignity Hall of Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home. There will be a gathering of family and friends from eleven o'clock in the morning until time of service at two o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, June 26, 2020, with Interment to follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

The family requests that all in attendance please wear a face mask and practice social distancing out of respect to others.


  • Gathering Friends and Family

    Friday, June 26, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, June 26, 2020


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Debra Avalon

June 28, 2020

My Aunt Mickey was an incredible inspiration. From an early age I was in awe of her work ethic and her achievements as a woman in business. I looked at her and believed anything was possible. As I got older and began working in retail myself, I remember visiting her office at Cain-Sloan. I had never seen so much paperwork on one person’s desk, ha ha! She must have observed my surprise, for she commented, “I know this looks like a mess, but believe me, it’s organized chaos!” Like my cousins, for many years I enjoyed sharing Mickey’s box seats at the Nashville Sounds games. She was always trying to educate me on the game and I was always filling her in on the player’s private lives! Later in my adult life, I realized how much I really admired my Aunt Mickey for, perhaps, her finest quality and that was her devotion to her daughter, Leeann, and her grandchildren. Mickey and I were kindred spirits in the fact that we were both single moms who worked hard to make sure our kids never wanted for anything. I think she was the first single mom role model I had. Mickey was also a fabulous sister to my dad and daughter to her parents. I know her friends and colleagues held her in the highest esteem. We were all blessed to have her as long as we did.

Bobby Gowen

June 24, 2020

Mickey and I spent a lot of time watching and talking about sports (mostly baseball).I sat with her at many Nashville Sounds games. We even drove to Atlanta three times to see Braves playoff games.Those were always fun times. She was always smiling and friendly. I will always remember her that way.

Patricia Violett

June 24, 2020

A wonderful boss and friend. Someone who believed in people and gave them chances to grow in their professional lives. Mickey is one who will always be loved and remembered fondly.

Kimberly (Gowen) England

June 24, 2020

I always loved my Aunt Mickey! I was blessed to have been able to participate in a bowling league with her in my adult years! It was nice to be able to spend time with her on Monday nights rather than the typical sporadic family reunions or holiday gatherings! Being able to communicate with her on an adult level after being a child who just lovingly observed her, was so wonderful! I’m thankful that we also enjoyed several phone calls with one another in recent years. We shared a love for cats and would share our “cat stories”. I will miss her dearly!

Gail Phillips

June 23, 2020

I first met Mickey in 1986 as my boss. She quickly earned my respect for her professionalism, knowledge and above all, her fairness. Her secretary asked me to fill in for her (she had a hot date) and go to Mickeys' house on Halloween to answer the door because Mickey had just had foot surgery. I had been looking forward to meeting her and was apparently very nervous. I remember spilling out my entire life history...2 children, brutal divorce ...blah blah blah...only to end with " and I think we look alike"! She must have thought--I have a crazy women in my house! But she asked questions & we talked for hours learning a lot about each other. Well, that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. We took trips, went to the VA state fair where we acted like a couple of kids, and closed down many restaurants because we just couldn't stop talking! Mickey was as beautiful inside as she was outside, and was the dearest and best friend I ever had. She will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones as their hearts are breaking as does mine.

Jack Gowen

June 23, 2020

Mickey was a huge baseball fan and we sat together at many Nashville Sounds games in the late 70s and early 80s... And talked about the Braves
as well. Those were great memories and Mickey was such a large part of it. She was just a wonderful human being.

Lindley Friton

June 23, 2020

My favorite memories would be every christmas and Thanksgiving we spent with her. She was always up to spending Christmas and Thanksgiving with her friends and family. She was extremely loving, if you ever needed help then she would be the one you could trust.