Clela McGowen died suddenly in her home on Sept. 7. She was 94.

A private graveside memorial service will be held for her on Friday, Sept. 12, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Rough & Ready Highway in Grass Valley.

Mrs. McGowen was born Dec. 14, 1913, in Indiana to Edward Lemon Hire and Minnie Minerva Hyre. Upon graduation from high school, she enrolled in business college and was hired as executive secretary to vice president of Essex Wire Corporation. It was in that role as secretary that she met her husband, Gilbert Lauren McGowen. They were wed on May 3, 1946.

Mrs. McGowen is survived by her two children, Michael McGowen and Susan McGowen Melly; Susan’s husband, Patrick, and grandchildren Jennifer and Dylan.

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