NOVA JEAN (COWDEN)
Nova Jean Jones (Cowden), 91, long-time resident of Pleasant Hills, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, in the excellent care of Baptist Homes and AHN Hospice. Nova was the beloved wife of the late Verner C. “Buck” Jones for nearly 61 years; loving mother of Mary Beth (Scott) Schaefer, David (Carol) Jones and Kathleen (Jim) Consoli; devoted grandmother of Delaney and Colby Welsh, Lauren, Erica, Andrew and Steven Jones, Jen and Gina Consoli; dear sister to six siblings and aunt to many nieces and nephews. Nova was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia (Wilbur) Smith and her brothers Robert Cowden, Wayne (Jean) Cowden, Ernest (Birdie) Cowden, Paul (Patricia) Cowden and brother-in-law Robert Masteller. Nova is survived by her sister, Florence Masteller (Cowden) and her sister-in-law Lois Cowden. Nova was born in Mt. Pleasant Township, PA to R. Thompson Cowden and Mina E. Cowden (Rumbaugh), grew up in Burgettstown and graduated from Union High School in Burgettstown (1947). She then graduated from Penn Commercial Business School in Washington, PA (1948), was employed by PPG in Canonsburg, PA and married in 1951. Nova was a dedicated and active member of Ruthfred Lutheran Church in Bethel Park since 1976. She loved her Lord and Savior deeply with Jesus always in her heart. She taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and was a part of many Bible study groups and church activities over the years. Nova was also a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Nova’s many gifts included being a kind-hearted friend and listener, making people feel welcome and special, and giving of herself and to the many charities that she supported. Her sweet nature, love of people and her easy laugh were evident throughout her life and are already sorely missed. Funeral service and burial will be private. Arrangements entrusted to the Warchol Funeral Home Inc., Bridgeville (412.221.3333). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Baptist Homes Foundation.
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