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“Dearest Doris you may not remember me, but I remember you & your family. My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. I remember meeting...Read More »
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“Dear Leo and Corey Greg and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am so glad I had the chance to meet your mom and...Read More »
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“A sweet lady. Glad we got to know her. Our condolences to all the family. ”
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Doris Marie Cowley, M.D. (nee Moss), 73, formerly of Gander and St. John's, passed peacefully away after a lengthy illness surrounded by loving family on June 26, 2013 at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Doris was born April 27, 1940 in Burgeo, NL, to The Reverend John House Moss of Daniel's Harbour and Mrs. S. Mabel Moss (Pope) of St. John's.

In 1956 she entered Memorial University, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science. She married Leonard J. Cowley (deceased 1982) in 1961 and they had their first child, Doris, that year. She received a Bachelor of Science in 1966 and Arts (Psychology) in 1969.

In her first career, she was a much-loved science teacher at Brother Rice and Booth Memorial High Schools in St. John's. When Len was transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1969, she completed a Master's in Education through the University of Manitoba graduating in 1970. She continued to teach high school math and science while there. In 1972, after returning to Newfoundland, Len and Doris had their twin daughters, Leonora and Veronica.

She returned to MUN to attend medical school in 1976, graduating in 1979 with a Doctor of Medicine. She began her second career as a medical doctor after graduation in 1979, practicing in Houston and later in Bryan-College Station, Texas until her retirement in 2004.

Mom thoroughly enjoyed her time in Texas and particularly in the early years, windsurfing and waterskiing on Lake Conroe. Later she spent her summers in her beloved home in Middle Cove, NL. Always up for a challenge, she'd never turn down a game of bridge or trivia – and she played to win!

She was pre-deceased by her partner in life, W.D. "Dan" Bailey, Jr. M.D., and she leaves to mourn three daughters and sons-in-law – Leonora (Cowley) Meisenbach and her husband, Corey Meisenbach (Houston, TX); Veronica Cowley-Keating and her husband, Mark Keating (Houston, TX); Doris Cowley and her husband, Anthony Germain (St. John's, NL); Her grandchildren – Cameron, Jackson and Madison Meisenbach; Ainsley Decker, Jonathon Decker and his wife, Trisha (Sage) Decker; Abbie and Alexander Germain and great-granddaughter Adele Decker; her dear friends, the family of her former husband, the late Leonard J. Cowley – Mary and Stewart Griswold (Nashua, NH); James and Cathy Cowley (Mississauga, ON); Ann and Lorne Norris (Mount Pearl, NL); Pat and Colette Cowley (Rockland, ON); Alice and Ian Kendall (Paradise, NL); and Dan's family – Kevin Bailey (Corsicana, TX), June and Colin Bailey, M.D. (Hillsboro, TX), Kenneth and Erin Bailey (Bryan, TX); Alicia Lynn Hoekstra (Dallas, TX); Judith Raines Bailey (Dallas, TX); Ellen Bailey Cullum McRight (Pilot Point, TX); and Dan's grandchildren, Jonathan, Chris, Elizabeth, Emily, Daniel, Matthew, William, Kirsten, Kaitlyn and Alexander.

We would like to give special thanks to Ms. Pattia Hawkins for the excellent care she gave to our mother, to Dr. Kim Bloom, to Dr. Harish Seethamraju, to Chaplain Linda Sharon, and to the staff at Methodist Hospital.

A Memorial Service will be held at Joseph J. Earthman Generations Memorial Services at 234 Westcott St., Houston, Texas on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School https://www.munalum.ca/Giving-to-Memorial/ ; The Methodist Hospital https://www.methodisthealth.com/FoundationMemorialHonorDonation; or to the Canadian or American Lung Association.