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Constance Joyce Bailey McCowan
Constance (Connie) Joyce Bailey McCowan, 80, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones on July 25,2023. She was born January 20, 1943, to Marie Theresa Bailey Melson and Theodolph Videau. Sr. in New Orleans, LA.
Connie accepted Christ at the young age of 5. She graduated from McDonough #35 in June 1960 with honors being #6 out of 132 graduates. She attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and New Orleans, LA. She was forced to withdraw after being involved with the Civil Rights Riots of 1961 and 1962. In the summer of 1962, Connie enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in Lackland AFB, Texas, Amarillo AFB, Texas and last in Andrews AFB, Washington, D.C., as Airman First Class. She was on the tarmac when President Kennedy’s body was returned to Washington, D.C. It was in Washington, D.C. she met her beloved late husband, George W. McCowan, and they married in September 1964. She moved to Anderson, IN in 1965.
Connie was hired as an operator for the Indiana Bell Telephone Co. and worked as a repair clerk and as a dispatcher. She completed her associate degree in accounting at Indiana Business College and worked as a teacher’s aide. She began her career with Delco Remy, Div. of General Motor’s in 1976 in the Finance Accounts Payable Department. Her other assignments included the Cost Department, the Battery Finance SBU, Accounts Receivable, and Engineering Department. In 1987, she decided to further her education and was accepted into the LEAP Program of Indiana Wesleyan. She received a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1991. Connie was also a teacher for adults at the former Ebbert Education Center, self-employed income tax preparer, a math tutor, and seamstress.
Connie enjoyed crocheting, crafting, reading, talking with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, collecting angels, and discovering her ancestral roots for herself and her husband’s family. She was a past church clerk, vacation bible school director and teacher, organizer and past president of Pastor’s Aid, Sunday school teacher and treasurer, tutor, choir member, and youth director at Second Missionary Baptist Church. She recently became a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. She served as a past member of the Board of Directors for Hopewell. She was a member of Church Women United, Treasurer for the Madison County Black Chamber, and AARP.
Devoted mother to Kerry D. McCowan, April L. McCowan, Michael (Tiffany) McCowan, Carolyn M. (Julian) Davis, and Dana L. Hubbard, Sarice Garrett; grandmother to Jonathan Hinson, Jason Hinson, Aaron McCowan, Jasmine L. Bush, Henry McNeal, Toddre and Brandon Teague, Kristen M. Varner, Brian (Alecia) Davis, Kalyn R. Davis, Alonzo T. Davis-Southers, Avery D. Hopkins, Joyclyn A. Davis, Arin L. Hubbard, Alexis M. Hubbard; great-grandmother to Johntarius Stewart, De’Shantii Cole, Brian M. Davis, Jr., Mailayah G. Davis, Baylee M. Davis, Violet G. Hopkins, Amari L Carter; brother, Theodolph Videau, Jr.; sisters, Ernestine Chance, Evelyn Moore, Vivian (Jackie) Byrd, Carla (Edward) Rivers, Paula (Don) Cotton; special cousins Barbara Isidore, Nadine Mendes, Marie Johnson, Frederick Johnson, McMurphy Hughes, Dorothy Hughes, godchild, Taisha M. Williams, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Connie was preceded in death by her loving husband, George W. McCowan; mother, Marie T. B. Melson; father, Theodoph Videau, Sr.; daughter, Leslie C. McCowan-Watkins; brothers, John, James, Percy, Arthur, and Prosper Videau, Terry Whitley; sisters, Doretha Royal, Delores Morris, and Florestine Gazaway; sister cousin, June M. Powell, brother cousin, O. Bruce Johnson, sister friend, Ola Y. Alexander, and godchild Robert Powell.