Robbie Nell Cowan was born in Mineola, on August 2, 1937, to the late Charlie Will Wagner and Mary Dale (Beasley) Wagner. Robbie was Charlie and Mary's only child. She grew up in Smith County, Texas and attended both Lindale and Tyler schools where she was a good student and friend to all. After graduating from John Tyler High School in 1955, she met, fell in love with and married Jack Franklin Cowan here in Tyler.
They began their married life in Longview, where they started their family. In 1964, they moved to Texarkana. In 1968, the family relocated to Dallas where they all lived and worked through both of the boy's high school years. Robbie was a housewife and sold Residential Real Estate in Dallas until 1979, when she and Jack decided to move back to East Texas, first living at Hide-A-Way Lake for 25 years and then later moving into the city of Tyler in 2003. After returning to East Texas in 1979, Jack and Robbie began a Real Estate business of their own called Cowan Property Management which they operated for many years before retiring.
Robbie's primary passion in life was her family. She loved getting together with family on weekends and special holidays. Robbie was an avid reader and also loved to travel, having visited Canada, Japan, Mexico, Ireland and Germany as well as the majority of the states here in the U.S. Robbie's favorite travel was the beaches in Florida and in California with her family.
Robbie is survived by her beloved husband, Jack; two sons, Charles D. "Chuck" Cowan and his wife Laneesa Gayle Cowan of Tyler, and Scott Wagner Cowan and his wife, Ilana Andelman Cowan of Houston; as well as four granddaughters, Mallory Cowan Broaddus and her husband Paul Shelton Broaddus of Dallas, Anne Claire Cowan of Dallas, Jessica Faith Cowan of Houston, and Caitlyn Grace Cowan of Austin; her precious great-grandson, Harvey Walker Broaddus; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and her loving and loyal caregiver, Minerva Tovar.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Donations in her memory may be sent to The Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester Drive, Tyler, 75701.
Stewart Family Funeral Home - Tyler
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 17, 2017