Gloria Cown

Gloria Cown (Erickson)

July 16, 1925 - March 13, 2020
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ROCKLAND – Gloria Cown, 94, passed away at the Harbor Hill Center in Belfast on Friday, March 13, 2020.
Born July 16, 1925 in Worcester MA to Harvey and Victoria (Anderson) Erickson and was educated in local schools. Following her graduation from High School she attended Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing in the 1940’s and became a Registered Nurse.

Her career offered her an opportunity to work in all aspects of nursing in both Maine and Massachusetts.
In 1948 she married her childhood friend, Paul Bodurtha and together they had a child, Christine (Tina).
They all moved to Maine in 1967 and built a home in Mount Vernon.

A few years later Gloria and Paul would divorce and she would go on to marry Julian Cown, a retired US Navy Captain from Georgia, in 1971.

Gloria and “the Captain”, would make their home in Mount Vernon, North Fort Meyers Florida, and later Topsham.
Towards the end of her life she lived at Bartlett Woods in Rockland, and finally at Harbor Hill Center in Belfast.
Her daughter recalls that her mother was an amazing, energetic woman. A working woman when many of her generation were not.

Her daughter states that “she was a modern working woman” and “I think we had the first dishwasher on the planet”, also adding that “She was stronger than I am”.

Gloria loved to travel but was happy being a homebody as well.

She loved to try new things and took up water skiing at 40 and snowmobiling in her 50’s and 60’s.

She will be remembered as a wonderful grandmother who was amazing to watch, had a good sense of humor and valued her friendships.

Her daughter also states that “developing Alzheimers in her 80s was so cruel”. “It has been a long wait and many will miss her”.

Predeceased by her ex-husband Paul and husband Julian, she is survived by her daughter Christine Morand and her husband Dennis of Camden; her granddaughter Emily Weiss and her husband Eric of Warren; great granddaughters, Ruth and Penelope Weiss of Warren; her nieces Karen Erickson of Lovell and Donna Maskwa of Dover NH; and her nephew David Erickson of Portland.

A private graveside service will be held at Sleep Hollow Cemetery in Concord MA on a later date.
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Martha J Lloyd

Posted at 05:40pm
Condolences to TIna, Dennis, Emily, Eric, Ruth and Penelope. Gloria was truly a one-of-a-kind person, and a lovely fixture in my life from childhood on. I remember the A frame and how we kids would talk Paul into getting out his bagpipes and play for us in that little space, Gloria let her feelings be known about that! And such a gracious hostess whenever I visited she and Capt Jack. I am so glad that you were able to move her near you all for the last few years of her life. It is hard losing our mothers and grandmothers no matter how old we are. I am holding you all close in my heart.

Vera Bryant

Posted at 03:06pm
Dear Tina and family,
I have uploaded some favorite pictures from my mother's photo album. Gloria was an integral part of the Flying Pond friends that go back to 1950's. I have so many fond memories of her from the many gatherings our families had together. She was one of a kind. Condolences to you. I hope the pictures bring back fond memories.
Love, Vera Lloyd Bryant

Margie Gerrish

Posted at 06:16pm
While visiting my mother one day, I saw a huge group of fans listening to Gloria play. Grabbed my phone and recorded this. Enjoy!!!

Margie Gerrish

Posted at 02:40pm
I remember visiting my mother at Bartlett Woods and seeing Gloria sitting on the bench near the nurse's office. She was always sweet and pleasant, often asking about my dog, Ruby. Little did I know then what a fabulous piano player she was!!! The other residents would sit and listen to her for as long as she decided to play. She never had any music in front of her but remembered every note. I took some pictures of her with her family and hope they found them in her apt. She was one of the most special ladies I ever met there and always enjoyed seeing her bright smile when I went to visit my mom. I'm very sorry for your loss. She was such a love.
Sue Gerrish is my mother.

Stephany Lindsey

Posted at 06:36pm
Gloria never failed to make me smile or laugh. Our conversations across the hall always made my day. A typical day would start with her asking if she was a "ragamuffin" that day or just "half a ragamuffin" then moving through the day testing everyone's knowledge of songs, poems or simply sharing a childhood stories about her red hair ("if you think my hair was red you should have seen my mother's" she would say) and finishing off the day by me "sneaking" her a few pieces of chocolate from my candy dish. I have and will continue to miss her. The view across the hall just isn't the same. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Stephany Lindsey

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