Jesus said, “in my Father’s house are many mansions…”. Today, one of those mansions has a new resident, Catherine P. (Miller) McCown. Catherine was born in Wendover, Utah on September 16, 1934 to David Dyett Miller and Dorothy (Buck) Miller. She entered into the presence of her Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the age of 85.
As a young girl, Catherine moved with her family to King Hill, Idaho and attended school in Glenn’s Ferry, Idaho. In the Spring of 1952, she met the love of her life, Sgt. Donald K. McCown and they were married on July 24, 1952. Catherine and Don relocated several times during his military career. She completed studies in Business Management while living in San Antonio, Texas. During her early working years, Catherine managed a Dollar General Store, owned a café and managed the business affairs for McCown Refrigeration Company in Seminole, Oklahoma. During the final years of their life together, Catherine was proud to be known by the title of “Pastor’s Wife”.
Shortly after the unexpected passing of her husband, Catherine moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Roy Dunagan. They shared a home and life together for the last 33 years of her life. Catherine was a member of Vamoosa Baptist Church. To all who knew her, she was known as a quiet woman with an unwavering faith. Catherine’s greatest joy was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald K. McCown; daughter, Diana L. Hart; grandson, Robert (Bobby) Leck; son-in-law, Walter (Bud) Leck; parents, David and Dorothy Miller; seven brothers, David, Wallace, John, Robert, William, Morris and Joe; five sisters, Dorothy May Stevenson, Mary Lou Plew, Grace Miller, Doris Dupuis and Martha Belcher.
Catherine is survived by daughters, Susan K. (McCown) Hodgson and husband, Dave of Solmonauk, Illinois; Donna R. (McCown) Dunagan and husband Roy of Konawa, Oklahoma; son, Randy M. McCown and wife Glory of Piedmont, Oklahoma; son-in-law, Larry Hart of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; grandchildren; Jessica Troglin and husband Rodney, James Leck, Joe Leck and wife Michelle; Joshua Dunagan and wife Julia, Jeremiah Dunagan and wife Holly, Gabriel McCown and wife Andrea; Leah (Hart) Herrara and Zac Hart, sisters; Violet Bailey and husband Fred of Florida and Georgia Miller of Texas, twenty-two great-grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will greet guests from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.
The funeral service for Catherine will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Vamoosa Baptist Church with Catherine’s son, Rev. Randy M. McCown officiating. Rev. Bruce Sanders will assist in the service. Burial will follow at Little Cemetery.
The family would like to express their grateful appreciation to Faith Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of their momma.
Arrangements are under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home in Seminole, Oklahoma.
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