Marcia Alice Chown, 92, of Lometa, passed away peacefully on the morning of June 6, 2022, at Goldthwaite Health and Rehab after a long illness. She lived in Lometa for the past 26 years and moved there to be closer to family. She was a Lometa city council member at one time and a member of the Lometa Garden and Civic Club as well as the garden clubs of Goldthwaite and San Saba.
Marcia was the daughter of Samuel and Josephine McMullan and grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois. Her love for travel began with her parents who road-tripped across the States, Canada, and Mexico. She would always talk about riding in the banana boats in Mexico and stuffing herself with the best bananas. She also learned to love horses and dogs in her childhood, plus she developed a love for growing flowers and vegetables.
She married William H. Chown on September 1, 1951, and traveled a bit more with him during his time in the Navy. Pearl Harbor was her first experience in Hawaii and she traveled back to the islands many times after. They finally settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised a son and a daughter there. She also became a nurse, a National Rose Society Judge, and a National Flower Show Judge. She traveled around many states to judge rose and flowers shows. She ended up nursing in many ERs and nursing homes in Albuquerque, but her love for travel called her to India, Africa, Europe, Russia, and South America. She lived a very rich and full life and absolutely no one could compare to her gardening skills and knowledge.
She leaves behind a daughter, Teresa K. Stewart and husband James Stewart of Lometa; a son, Matthew N. Chown of Tijeras, New Mexico; grandson, Joshua W. Stewart and wife Whitney of Corpus Christi; three great-granddaughters, Abigail Stewart, Gwendolyn Stewart, and Nora Stewart; and great-grandson, Gavin Stewart.
She requested that money not be spent on flowers, but rather a donation in her memory be made to any animal rescue facility of your choice. At her request, there will be no funeral and her cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Sneed-Carnley Funeral Chapel. The family will gather at a later date to spread her ashes in the mountains of New Mexico.