Dorothy Pearl Young Cowell

1924 ~ 2010

Dorothy Pearl Young Cowell, a native of West Jordan, Utah and 44-year resident of Foster City, California, died June 12, 2010 at a local hospital. She is survived by two daughters -Cynthia Lou Cowell-Tongia of Foster City and Nancy Irene Cowell-Miller of San Jose. A son, Randolph David Cowell, born 25 November 1959, predeceased her on 13 April 1962. She is also survived by a sister, Marjorie Young Volkel of Alexandria, Virginia and many nieces and nephews, children of her predeceased brothers, Horace Sharp, Grant Wendell, and Marshall Eugene Young.

Dorothy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on 28 May 1924, the third child and first daughter of Horace Sharp Young and Ella Pearl Erickson. She was raised on a small farm in West Jordan, Utah, where she attended Elementary school and Jr. High School, graduating from Jordan High School in 1942.

Excelling in secretarial skills, after graduation she secured employment with the Federal Government in Salt Lake City, subsequently transferring to San Francisco with the US Army Corps of Engineers. She continued employment in the Peninsula area with several local firms in an accounting and office management capacity, eventually retiring in 1992.

She married Bruce Harold Cowell on 11 May 1952. They were sealed in the Oakland LDS Temple on 17 February 1972. He died on 9 March 1989, after 37 years of marriage.

A talented musician, Dorothy studied the violin in Utah in her youth and later played with the Millbrae Players Orchestra and Peninsula Symphony. She was also a seasoned traveller and loved to accompany her daughters to Asia, Tahiti, Europe, New Zealand or Australia. Dorothy also loved dogs and referred to her many miniature dachshunds as her "grandkids."

Friends may visit on Wednesday, June 16th from 4-8 p.m. at Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home in San Mateo. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 17th at the LDS Chapel in Foster City followed by an Interment Service at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA. Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home (650) 343-1804.