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Elizabeth McGowin Passes Away



Elizabeth Brittain Smith McGowin passed away March 13, 2013 in Mobile, AL. Born March 27, 1922, in Gaffney, SC, to Sarah Tatum Smith and Walter Prentice Smith. Preceded in death by her husband, Mobile atty Nicholas S. McGowin, her son, Nick McGowin, Jr., two sisters, and two brothers. She is survived by her son, Peter H. McGowin and his wife, Todd Green McGowin, of Mobile, daughter Elizabeth B. McGowin, of Nashville, TN, granddaughters Essie McG.(Bill) McGivern, of San Francisco, CA, Karina N. McGowin and Tatum N. McGowin, both of Nashville, TN, goddaughter E. Brittain Youngblood, of NY, NY, adored sister Jean (Jim) Fort, of Charlotte, NC, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends, and special friend, Andrea Brown.

"E" was a passionate equestrian all of her life, with a world championship and two national titles among her accomplishments in that field. Her loss (as was her son Nick's) will be felt all over the country by her friends in the show horse world. Some notable names from their time in the Saddlebred world were  Monte Stonewall, Gay Decision, Hayfield's Belle, Chick-A- Dee and Monster Man. Their horse trainers included the likes of Jim B Robertson, Mitchell Clark, and Bobby Gatlin.

 Elizabeth played violin in the early days of the Mobile Symphony, and she and her husband were instrumental in starting the Chamber Music Series in Mobile. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 23rd, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Old Shell Rd. Visitation will be 12:30 to 2:00 in the Parish Hall. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Elizabeth S. McGowin Endowed Scholarship Fund for String Musicians, at the University of South Alabama, or a children's charity of choice.

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