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Judy Johnson Gowan

March 27th, 1951 - April 23rd, 2023

OBITUARY – Judy Johnson Gowan – A Celebration of Life service for Judy Johnson Gowan, 72, of West Columbia will be held at Northside Baptist Church, 4347 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072 at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 6, 2023. Pastor Scott Crede will officiate. The family will greet friends for one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary. Woodridge Funeral Home is assisting the Gowan family with arrangements. Judy Gowan passed away April 23, 2023. Born in Columbia, SC, she was the daughter of the late Charles French Johnson and Margie Mildred Bolen. Judy graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in 1969, and obtained her Master’s degree in Education from the University of South Carolina. She taught school in the Columbia area for over 40 years, with the majority of her career spent teaching at Chapin High School. Teaching was her passion, even after her retirement. As a devout Christian, she was a member of Northside Baptist Church, and attended Calvary Chapel of Lexington. Judy dedicated her life to helping and caring for others. She was the epitome of the word selfless. She truly wanted the best for others before herself. She wanted to make sure everyone else was taken care of, and that is what made her happy. Judy devoted her life to her two granddaughters, Lilly and Ava, who called her “Emama”. They were her world. Judy is survived by her sons, Michael T. Gowan of West Columbia, Jonathan E. Gowan of West Columbia; beloved granddaughters, Lilly Gowan and Ava Gowan; brother, Ron Johnson of Lexington; sister-in-law, Anita Moore (Bill) of Union, SC. Judy is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Judy was predeceased by her loving husband of 48 years, Tommy Gowan; brother, Chuck Johnson; sister-in-law, Debbie Johnson. The family would like to thank the many friends who called and sat with Judy during her illness, including Mary Frederick, Melonie Vincent, Kathy Murphy, Beth Sox, and Brantley Brinkley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made, in her name, to Northside Christian Academy, 4347 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072.

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Larry and Jerri Moseley

Jerri and I met Judy and Tommy through the world of high school wrestling. Both their sons were wrestling partners of our sons. We spent many hours together watching our children and getting to know each other. What we remember the most was that we all became tremendous fans of each other. We remember that Judy always had a stack of school papers to grade and also became one of the most excited fans of the wrestling team. Michael and Johnathan, she was your biggest fan. She will be missed but not forgotten. Jerri and Larry Moseley

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Kathy Murphy

Judy was my dear, precious friend for thirty-eight years, more than half my life. Those years went by in a flash. We started at Chapin High School together in 1985; she arrived as a veteran teacher, and I arrived as a "rookie." Judy taught me so much about how to be a teacher; she was truly the epitome of a mentor and a professional. Through the years she also taught me some geometry (it wasn't my strength in 10th grade) and other tricks for doing math. She had such a joy for learning and a passion for teaching. She built a great rapport with her students and helped so many become successful adults. Judy and Tommy were the first "foodies" I ever met. Their kitchen was the source of all kinds of "good eats," and they were always ready and happy to share leftovers. If you went to their house, whether for a meal or for a quick visit, you took home leftovers. Yummy leftovers. Our friend Judi Askins always said, "They feed the world," and how true that was; they shared food with friends, the CHS faculty, and their neighbors. Judy always made a plate after Sunday dinner for the elderly couple next door. When her other neighbor, Frances, was diagnosed with cancer, Judy took a plate of leftovers from her evening meals to share with her. She also clued us in on some of her "haunts," Nick's House of Pizza and The Kingsman. She didn't let us down; Nick's is definitely one of my haunts now and The Kingsman is a close runner-up. I always loved going to Judy's house. It was full of good food, but more importantly, it was full of love. Judy was a champion people-watcher. She had a talent for observation that is unrivaled. She could pick up on small details, such as a hairstyle, a manner of walking, or some quirk of wardrobe, that could provoke the giggles. Most of her observations were quite funny, while others were thoughtful and also thought-provoking. Her quick--and sometimes wise-guy--wit was the source of great entertainment when "the girls" were all together. I truly appreciate all that Judy did for me. She became my friend, a confidant, and a prayer warrior for my family and for me. Her life was an example of unconditional love, generosity, and Christian witness. I miss her so much already. Kathy Murphy

Published June 10th, 2024
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Tim Crout

I had done some work on the home of Ms Judy and Mr Gowen. They were both very gracious and pleasant to deal with. I visited Ms Judy a few weeks ago. She had such grace even in the grasp of her sickness. She was so secure in her future. She will be missed by many.

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