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Bessie Ella (Garfield) (Coppinger) Cowan, 95,

    Bessie Ella (Garfield) (Coppinger) Cowan, 95, passed away after a period of declining health on September 17, 2014, at the Marlborough Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Bessie was the daughter of the late Sherrold and Jesse (Kilpatrick) Garfield.  She was born in Hudson and predeceased by her husbands Stanley Coppinger and Clifford Cowan, her sister Marion Paton and her brother William Garfield.  Bessie worked many years for the state of New Jersey at the Lebanon State Hospital.  After her retirement, she moved to Marlborough, and before living at the Marlborough Rehab Center she lived in Milford with her son, Richard Coppinger and his wife Barbara.  Another son, Robert and his wife Carol, live in Butler, Tennessee.  Bessie is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Bessie had a great love for her church and also for her cats.  A funeral service will be held at the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home, 46 Water Street, Milford on Saturday, September 27th at 11AM.  Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11 before the funeral service.  Burial will follow at the Old Town Cemetery in Sudbury.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marlborough Rehab and Health Care Center Activities Fund, 121 Northboro Road, Marlboro, MA 01752, or to the First United Methodist Church of Marlboro, 52 church Street, Marlboro, MA 01752.

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I am so sorry for the loss you and your family are enduring! The Bible provides us with so much comfort. We are told that we will be able to be with our loved ones again! Jesus himself said "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out!"-John chapter 5 verses 28 & 29. God also promises us at Revelation chapter 21 verses 3 & 4 that He will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more. Neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore, the former things have passed away. I hope that you will gain comfort from the scriptures. Again I am so very sorry for the loss you have suffered!!

So many fond memories of Aunt Bess. Her annual summer visits to our home with my Mom (Marion Garfield) and their good friend Ann McNealy. I called them the traveling trio and they had some wonderful times together and we had some wonderful times enjoying their visits. RIP Dear Aunt Bess. Love and blessings to all her family.
Bonnie & Richard Moon and family

You will forever be with us and show us your undying love, Unforgotten angel from above Angel with graceful wings has taught us as a family many things She is known well as mother, grammy Bess, Gram, great grandma, please know this isn’t goodbye or see you soon she will forever be in your hearts and so much more for you will see her beautiful face again, for our loving god tells us you will soon be hand and hand, this is not the end. RIP Grammy Bess. I have so many great memories that will live forever in my heart. Love you
The Stevensons, Robin, Howard & Kevin

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Bess. I have fond memories of her and my grandmother, Marion, visiting us in Maine when I was a child. Wishing you peace during this sad time.
Kelly (Paton) Fitzgerald.

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