Ella Bass Cowan

September 24, 1921October 24, 2012

Ella Bass Cowan went to be with the Lord on Oct. 24, 2012. She was a member of the Moyock Baptist Church and Kempsville Baptist Church, where she was active in the community and for many years served as a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Dorcus Sunday School class. Ella was a past Matron of the Kempsville Chapter #173 Order of the Eastern Star. She devoted her life to her family and friends and holds the distinction of being the best mother anyone could have.

Ella was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Bill Cowan.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Shirley Roebuck and husband Ron, and Lyn Vance and husband Steve; four granddaughters, Tammy Mullis and husband David, Kelly Long and husband Mike, Stacey Gilliland and husband David, and Janie Vance and husband Jack; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Jessica Hazelgrove and husband Bill.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at the funeral home officiated by Rev. Victor Ramsey with burial to follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. You may pay condolences to the family at


  • Visitation Friday, October 26, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Nicole Clemons

October 27, 2012

To Shirley & Stacey, I am so sorry to hear of your Mum's and Grams passing. Your entire Fam are in my thoughts and prayers. <3 <3 <3

Liz Edwards

October 26, 2012

Shirley so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing but I know the heavens are celebrating her arrival. May the good Lord hold all of you close during this time and provide you with His peace that passeth all understanding.
Much love,

George Garris

October 26, 2012

Shirley, I was so sorry to hear about your mother. You and your family are in our prayers. I'm sure there are many wonderful memories to cherish and to comfort you in the days ahead.

Brenda Bailey

October 26, 2012

Shirley and family I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with you during your days of sorrow and my condolences to each of you.

Vaugues Dr. Michel and Janine

October 25, 2012

My condolences.

October 25, 2012

So Very Sorry to hear about Big Momma My condolences to the entire family
Myriam Vaugues and Family

Hope sheppard

October 25, 2012

Shirley and girls so sorry to hear of your mother passing, may God Bless and keep you

October 25, 2012

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.~ We are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do please let us know.
Love Laurie and Bruce

Stacey Gilliland

October 24, 2012

My special Big Momma Your soft nature was the only place to fall. I love you and I loved getting to "really" know you!! You will shine in Heaven brighter than the stars of the Carolina Skies and I will watch you from the shore and remember us giggling and laughing together--I will miss you.........