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Lois McGowan

Lois Ann (Gavin) McGowan, 90, of Clarks Summit, died unexpectedly on Thursday, at home.  She was the wife of the late James Patrick McGowan who died on January 7, 1997. The couple was married since August 24, 1957.

Born October 10, 1929 in Scranton she was the daughter of the late John and Rose (O'Donnell) Gavin.

Lois was a 1947 graduate of St. Ann's High School and furthered her education at Lackawanna Business School. She worked for the NET Credit Union for over 25 years as a Loan Officer. Lois was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Snow's Parish and was an adorer of Padre Pio at Our Lady of the Abingtons. She regularly attended morning mass at Church of St. Gregory and will miss her morning mass (coffee Wednesday) friends. Lois was a member of the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She loved reading and attending bingo in her Linden Crest apartment building with her sister-in-law, Carm. Each day, Lois enjoyed walking her daily laps around the parking lot of the building.

Lois was truly the matriarch of her family and was seen as such by her family as well as her late husband’s. She was adored by her nieces and nephews and strove to keep in touch with each and every one of them as the years passed. She was a surrogate mother to so many, often being referred to as “Nana” and “Mother Lo”. There are no words to describe the impact she made in so many people’s lives and how much she will be missed.

Surviving are two sons: James McGowan (Peggy) of Factoryville and Robert McGowan (Dawn) of Scranton, five daughters: Missey Bower (Dane) of Factoryville, Mary Scott ( Reese) of Nicholson, Ann Hallinan (Gene) of Clarks Summit, Lois Vidra (Joseph) of Archbald and Nora Hinkley (Richard Suraci) of Clarks Summit,  grandchildren, Katie Lane, Dane Bower, John Bower, Andrew Bower, Cody Scott, Reese Scott, Dr. Erin Miller, Ryan Miller, Bridget Melia, Patricia Munson, Danielle Macheska, Maura McGowan, Lauren Hinkley and Eric Hinkley; 4 step grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and 4 step great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Edward, Thomas, Gerald J., and John Gavin; sisters, Jane Reilly, Rose Connor and Mary Ryan; and grandson, Kennard J. Scott.

A graveside service will be private at the convenience of the family at Clarks Green Cemetery to be celebrated by Rev. John M. Lapera, with an interment to follow immediately after. For those family members attending, please maintain the recommended social distance of 6 feet and wear a mask to protect those with immunocompromised family members at home. If you feel ill, have a cough or fever, we ask that you do not attend. A memorial mass will be announced and held at a later date for all to attend.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Clarks Summit Volunteer Fire Co. # 1, Inc., Clarks Summit Fire Co, 301 Stone Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

For directions, or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.

Lois’s care has been entrusted to the care of the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., 111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

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Many years ago Lois took care of my newborn son Jeff when I went back to teaching. Actually she took care of both of us. I can’t tell you what a gift she was. She was caring, supportive and shared her amazing knowledge of raising babies. I often called her before I called the doctor. She was always there for us. I often told her that I credited her with our survival. I will be eternally grateful. (As will Jeff) Please accept our deepest sympathies and know that she will forever be in our hearts.

Judy, Howard and Jeff Wolfe May 10 2020 12:00 AM

Lois was one of the most incredible women I have ever met.  As a young mother I admired how she was able to work full time and raise her children without any complaints and I always looked to her for advice.  She would always pay special attention to my daughters, Laura & Susan when she visited my home to get her hair done. God Bless her and keep her.

Karen Thomas Apr 28 2020 12:00 AM

How very sad to lose such a beautiful lady and friend. I'll miss her so very much. As a Mother she is unsurpassed. And you her children,hopefully will take consolation in the fact that you have always been so loving,caring and attentive. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love  Sally Conaboy

Sally Conaboy Apr 28 2020 12:00 AM

Missy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire McGowan family. I have such great memories of your mom when we were all kids. Memories of seeing your mom at mass , in town and mostly always with one of her loving daughters. What a wonderful life she lived filed with such beautiful love. Peace be with all of you. Mickey(Metallo) Tierney.

Michele Tierney Apr 27 2020 12:00 AM

Sincere condolences. She was a wonderful woman.

Jim Craig Apr 27 2020 12:00 AM

My favorite Irishman has left this world for a better one.  I will miss her and our many conversations after mass. I learned so much from her and how to live life to the fullest.  I so admired  her longevity and wisdom.  She always asked how my niece was doing and that ment alot to me.  I will truly miss her.  I'm sure all the Mcgowans will share so many memories and laughs they've had. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

Joyce Melvin Apr 27 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Lois. She was a wonderful woman with a wonderful family around her.It is very difficult to convey comfort during these difficult times, but please know that we are thinking of all of you.Love you, Bridget

Susan Kincel Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

we are very sorry for the loss of your loved one.,she was really a very special person.    jack moon and family

jack moon Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you find the strength to get through this with the care and love of family and friends.

Dorothy Steenback Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

May Lois Rest in Peace.  I remember her being so nice to work with when doing my business with NET Federal Credit Union and our talks about the local fire service. She was such a great lady and it was always great to hear her voice on the other end of my phone calls to the credit union. .Godspeed Lois

Dave Richards Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

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