Obituary: Donna Lee Drysdale Cowell



Donna Lee Drysdale Cowell
June 29,1935 – October 1, 2016

Donna Lee Drysdale Cowell was born June 29, 1935 in El Centro, California to Rex and Lillian Drysdale.

When she was young, she was involved in 4-H and loved playing the piano.  She graduated from BUHS in 1953 and went on to attend the University of Redlands where she met her husband, Richard Cowell.  They were married April 2, 1955.  They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this year.

Richard and Donna settled on a farm near Calipatria where they lived and raised their family.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her oldest daughter Teri Anderson, and her grandson, Taylor Cowell.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of Purcell, OK, a son, Keith Cowell (Socorro) of Imperial, CA, a son Brian Cowell (Kimberly) of Richmond Hill, GA, a son, Doug Cowell of Purcell, OK, a daughter, Sheri Gerhard of Purcell, OK, a daughter, Michelle Bishop of Utah, a sister, Darlene Hayes (Tom) of Imperial, CA, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  She, also leaves behind many other family members and many friends – all will miss her greatly!

Donna was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she has served as Relief Society President, Ward Missionary, Compassionate Service Leader and Relief Society Pianist and Ward Organist.

A viewing will be held, Friday, October 7th 6-8 pm at Frye Chapel.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday October 8th at 10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 490 D Street, Brawley, CA.

Burial will immediately follow the service at Riverview.