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Corinne L. (Leister) Cowden

July 15, 1932 ~ July 2, 2020 (age 87)


Corinne L. Cowden, age 87, passed away at the Westminster Village Health Center on July 2, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her parents, The Rev. and Mrs. J. Maurice Leister, two sisters and one brother. She is survived by her husband Bob of 65 years, three sons- Chris (Cheryl), Craig (Kurt) and Clark; grandchildren Mallory, Drew, Ryan, and Justin, and two great-grandchildren, Annika and Judah.

She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church where she served on numerous committees, Leadership Terre Haute, and Friends of the Vigo Co. Public Library.

She held board memberships on Unite Way, United Ministries Center,
Indiana State University Wives, Wabash Valley Chapter of American Institute of Banking, Sigma Alpha Iota, Alternatives for Living and Learning, the Terre Haute South Rotary Club and Chapter DR of the PEO Sisterhood. She very much enjoyed the social atmosphere in the Red Hat Club and the Wednesday Morning Breakfast Group.

Honors included the Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award and a “March On” Award from Indiana State University.

Born in Lewistown, PA.  She was valedictorian of her high school class.  She received the B.S. degree in Music Education from Muskingum College (OH) as well as a teaching certificate in elementary education from Wittenberg University (OH).  Following a college graduation she taught elementary school in Parma, OH.   A move to Cincinnati included part-time work including piano teaching as well as consulting with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was employed by Merchants National Bank for eighteen years.

A voracious reader, she regularly read over 100 books per year, cataloguing and sharing the listing with friends and relatives.

She battled three incurable diseases bravely with never a word of complaint. To say she will be missed is an understatement.

If one chooses to make a contribution in her honor, it is suggested it go to The Robert L. and Corinne L. Cowden Faculty Development Fund in the Indiana State University School of Music.

Visitation will be Friday July 31, 2020 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm in DeBaun Springhill Chapel. Memorial service will be Saturday, August 1st, at 10:30 a.m.; Centenary United Methodist Church. The family requests that ALL persons who attend wear masks.  In addition, social distancing will be in effect.  We wish to have events that are as safe as possible.  Thank you for your understanding.  If you would like to watch the memorial service online, it will also be livestreamed on Clark Cowden's Facebook page.  Online condolences may be left at


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July 31, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
DeBaun Springhill Chapel

Memorial Service
August 1, 2020

10:30 AM
Centenary United Methodist Church
301 N. 7th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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