Mamie McDade Cowles

SHREVEPORT, LA- Mamie McDade Cowles was born in a Leap Year, 1908, and died on a Blue Moon, 2007.

She was 99 years old. A funeral mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at St. John's Cathedral on Monday, June 4, at 2 pm, Fr. Pike Thomas officiating, followed by a private family interment. A celebration of her life will be held from 5pm to 7pm, June 4, at 902 Delaware St., Shreveport. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Mary Sue (Mamie) McDade was born February 29, 1908, at Magenta Plantation, Bossier Parish, and died May 31, 2007. She was the daughter of James Germany McDade, III, a prominent Bossier planter, and Mary Ann Kingsley Cornell McDade. She had three sisters, Wilhelmina McDade Elston, Julia Cornell McDade Johnson, and Gretchen McDade Ross, all of whom predeceased her. The McDades moved to Haughton shortly after her birth, where the family lived for many years. Mamie attended public schools in Haughton. She attended Louisiana Tech University for two years, then transferred to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, graduating in 1928. She was elected the "Sweet-Heart of LSU", and won a cruise on a banana boat to Cuba and Central America. She loved LSU all her life. After graduation, she taught high school in Marksville, Louisiana, and English and Latin at Bossier High School.

In the early ``30's she met the "love of her life", James Glenn Cowles, an attorney of Shreveport. They married in 1934. They had three children: Mary Sue Cowles Shoup, Julia Cornell Cowles Littell, and James Glenn Cowles, Jr. Mamie and Jimmy Cowles were happily married for forty-three years, until Jimmy's death in 1977. Her daughter, Mary Sue Cowles Shoup, also predeceased her, in 1998.

Mamie is survived by daughter Cornell Cowles Littell & husband, William Littell, of Aptos, CA; son James G. Cowles, Jr. of Shreveport; son-in-law Andrew Shoup, Jr. & wife, Julia Galloway Shoup, of Dallas, TX; grandchildren Catherine Shoup Collins of Dallas; Andrew Shoup, III, of Crested Butte, Colorado; Miles Littell of Palm Beach, FL; Eric Littell of San Francisco, CA; Mamie McDade Cowles, her namesake, attending LSU, twins Lily & Jimmy Cowles, of Shreveport; great-grandchildren Caroline Cowles Collins, Drew Shoup, and Sophie Sue Shoup; and dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by David Otto, who loved Mamie as his own mother, and who in turn loved him as her own son. The family extends their love and appreciation to care-givers Markeya Monroe, Queen Harrison, Michelle Duncan, Flo Harrison, Queena Cooper, Twyler Cooper, and especially Lily Harrison, for their years of dedicated service.

Mamie had a fierce love of life, and did not go easily into that good night. She loved reading (especially poetry and Shakespeare); travel (riding an elephant under the Eiffel Tower and a bi-plane over Washington, D.C. in the '20's); lively conversations; celebrating her leap year birthdays; her happy hour times with company; LSU and Notre Dame (her husband's alma mater) football; and visits from her special canine friends, Sidney and Otto. She was a dear mother, a wonderful friend to all, and a delightfully charming Southern lady.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the McDade House. Osborn Funeral Home

Published in the Shreveport Times from 6/2/2007 - 6/4/2007.