In Memory of




Obituary for Margaret Cowan (Shields)

Stuarts Draft, VA: Margaret Shields Cowan, 88 years old, peacefully entered eternal life at home with family members by her side on April 30, 2021. She was born in Bloomfield, NJ to Edward and Augusta Shields. Margaret married William Cowan in December 1956. They lived in Germany and traveled all of Europe from 1958-1959 while he served in the US Army stationed at Frankfurt aM Main. After William’s honorable discharge, they moved back to Clifton, NJ, then relocated to Franklin, NJ in 1965 with their children
Initially a career homemaker, later in life, Margaret worked at Variety Fabrics in Franklin, NJ for a time, then with her husband at Restistoflex Corp., Roseland, NJ as a bookkeeper. Beginning in 1998, she enjoyed working as a bookkeeper for her son at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating in Branchville, NJ for 15 years before retiring in May 2013. A professional at heart, she loved dressing up in business attire every day to go to work. Margaret moved to Virginia in 2014 to be near her daughters and warmer climate. Margaret’s hobbies included sewing (she was quite the seamstress!), decorating, shopping with her daughters, and international travel. She would share wonderful stories of all her excursions and visits to historic places.

Margaret is predeceased by her husband William H. Cowan, Sr. (1997), and her brother Edward Shields (2007). She is survived by her brother, Lewis Thomas Shields of Dover, DE. Beloved mother of Katherine Schenker and her husband, Jerome of Stuarts Draft, VA, Helen Brewbaker and her husband Brian Sr., of Blue Ridge, VA, and William H. Cowan, Jr., and his wife, Laura of Branchville, NJ. Loving grandmother of Justin Dunn and his wife Rachel, Brian Brewbaker, Jr., Sarah Brewbaker, and William H. Cowan, III and his wife, Caitlin. Cherished great-grandmother of Raelynn and Liam. Devoted aunt to April Lopez, Lewis Shields, the late Thomas Shields, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay their respects at Immaculate Conception Church, 75 Church St, Franklin, NJ, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM. Mass to immediately follow. Kindly wear masks and follow social distancing protocol. Private entombment under the direction of F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ at Immaculate Conception Cemetery Mausoleum, Hardyston Township, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, Franklin, NJ.