CAIRO, Ill. — Marie Anne Mowell of Cairo died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Marie Anne was born July 26, 1916, to parents Ludger J. and Marie Caron Vaudreuil in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Marie Anne married Richard F. Mowell, November 6, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri. They were married 59 years when Richard Mowell passed away in his home on February 25, 2001.
Marie Anne graduated from Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1938, with a bachelor of science degree in dietetics. Following her graduation, she spent one year internship in diet therapy at Watts and Duke Hospitals in Durham, North Carolina. Marie Anne came to Cairo, Illinois, in 1940 to open the first dietary department in St. Mary’s Hospital, where she instructed student nurses in subjects related to nutrition. She was an administrative dietician until 1942, when she joined her husband in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he was serving in the Armed Forces. When the United States Army reassigned Richard to Trinidad, S.A., Marie Anne moved back to Cairo, Illinois. Later, she received her teaching certificate after attending summer school at Southeast Missouri University. In 1964 she began teaching a class in Family Living at the Adult School in Cairo, instructing students in clothing and sewing projects. She also taught at the Senior Citizen’s Nutrition Center. She retired from teaching in 1970.
Many were not aware that Marie Anne had obtained her pilot’s license in 1952. Her “solo” flight was to Mount Vernon, Illinois. She and Richard flew to various Country Clubs to meet up with friends for a round of golf and dinner together. She and Richard were members of the Egyptian Country Club in Mounds, Illinois. Marie Anne loved to play golf and as a “Class A” golfer she won many trophies along the way. Marie Anne played golf until 2009 at the age of 93 when she lost her balance while playing golf, and subsequently, rolled down the hill, head over heels, on the eighth hole of the Egyptian Country Club golf course prompting her to “put her clubs away for good.”
Marie Anne was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was active as an Altar Guild member. Another passion of Marie Anne’s was her love for playing cards, which included bridge, pinochle, and gin rummy. She belonged to the “Two Tables Club” in Cairo, for many years and also was a substitute for many other card groups in the area.
Marie Anne is survived by nieces and nephews.
Marie Anne was preceded in death by her siblings, Fred Vaudreuil, Lionel Vaudreuil, Irene Vaudreuil Leary, Sister Mary Felice Vaudreuil, Roland Vaudreuil, Gladys Vaudreuil Bramblett, Isabel Vaudreuil Ihle, Elmire Vaudreuil Stusek and William Vaudreuil.
Friends may call at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cairo, on Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Memorial Mass will follow. Interment and graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4, 2013, at Mound City National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Egyptian Country Club Ladies’ Golf Association in Mounds, Illinois, or the Cairo Public Library.
Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo is in charge of arrangements.