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Mary Lou (Cowan) Hunter

March 22, 2021 ~ September 5, 2021


Oxford/Tupelo-She was feisty, fashionable, erudite and just full of life always.  Mary Lou Cowan Hunter entered this world in Pascagoula, MS  on March 22, 1931, the daughter of the late Glazner Cowan and Eva Goff Cowan. She departed this life on September 6, 2021 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS after 90 fruitful and wonderful years! Mary Lou grew up in Pascagoula, graduated from Pascagoula High School and furthered her education at the University of Southern Mississippi. She moved to Tuscaloosa, AL where she met handsome local Raymond Hunter. They married on April 23, l950 and were blessed with 59 years together until Raymond’s death on July 4, 2009. They enjoyed their life together, started a family and settled in Tupelo in 1968 where Raymond bought the Volkswagen dealership, founding Hunter Automotive on South Gloster. Mary Lou loved Tupelo and the many friends she met here. Her vivacious smile, outgoing personality, generosity and always encouraging attitude endeared her to so many. She had a natural curiosity about folks and loved meeting new people. Mary Lou was at heart a caregiver. She kept Raymond on his toes and supported her sons and grand’s in all their activities, working concessions for the band, boosting the sports teams, buying lots of Girl Scout cookies and even starting a 4H club along the way. She was the main caregiver for both her own mother and mother in law in the years preceding their deaths.  She was also for many years a devoted member of the hospital auxiliary at North Mississippi Medical Center, serving for a time as president and sitting on the board of NMMC. She dabbled in golf, ceramics and other activities over years and loved watching Alabama and Ole Miss Football. But, her favorite past times were shopping trips with friends and just visitin’. Raised a Methodist, She locally attended West Jackson St. Baptist Church. After Raymond’s death, she relocated to Oxford to be near her sons, Cowan and Kevin, and their families and make some more friends. She was a world class “Mimi” and faithful member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church.


A service celebrating her life will be held  at 1 PM Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Warren Black and Rev. Eddie Rester officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from Noon-service time on Saturday. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed at  www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com./Livestreaming  at 1 PM and will be permanently archived thereafter.


Mary Lou is survived by her son, Cowan Hunter and his wife, Connie of Oxford; a daughter in law, Sloan Stribling Hunter (Kevin, deceased) of Oxford; the “only” grandchildren in the world, Sam Hunter (Mary Shields) , Lilly Hunter, Sara Grace Hunter and Riley Hunter. A great granddaughter, Anne Stribling Hunter; her brother, Edgar Evans Cowan of Las Vegas, Nevada and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. She also received great care and love from her caregivers, Emma Malone and Katherine Smith-Sisk. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond, her brother, Connel, and son, Kevin. 


Memorials may be made to the Interfaith Compassion Ministry,  1918 University Avenue,  Oxford, Ms. 38655.   Condolences may be e mailed to  hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net


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